This article was originally published by :https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/reduce-food-waste#section13
Food waste is a bigger problem than many people realize.In fact, nearly one-third of all food produced in the world is discarded or wasted for various reasons. That equates to nearly 1.3 billion tons every year. Many of us don’t usually think twice before tossing away the leftover food on our plate. This is a very common situation when one overestimates the amount of food we can eat before feeling full.
While you might not think food waste affects you, think again.
Tossing edible food doesn’t just waste money. Discarded food is sent to landfills, where it rots and produces methane gas, which is the second most common greenhouse gas. In other words, throwing out your food contributes to climate change.
It wastes a huge amount of water, too. According to the World Resources Institute, 24% of all the water used for agriculture is lost through food waste every year. That’s 45 trillion gallons (about 170 trillion liters).
Although these numbers may seem overwhelming, you can help reduce this harmful practice by following the easy tips in this article. Every little bit helps.
A few simple ways to reduce the amount of food we waste includes shopping smart, proper storing of food and keeping your fridge clutter-free.We tend to buy more food than we need, forget about the food out of sight, and simply throw away the food when it has gone bad. If all of us does our part, the combined result would be more significant than we can imagine.
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