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10 Ways to Waste Less Food and Energy

You probably know that we waste a lot of food: about 25% globally and about 40% in the United States. Wasted food represents a huge amount of wasted energy as well as a missed opportunity to feed all the hungry people in the world.

Food takes fuel to produce, process, package, transport, and store. Some food takes a lot more energy to produce than other food, so wasting it wastes more energy. But 100% of the energy in food you don't eat is wasted.

  1. Use what you already have first
  2. Make menus and shopping lists to help you buy only the food you will actually eat
  3. Bring home "ugly" tomatoes, "weird" carrots, and the like that may otherwise go to waste
  4. Eat plenty of local, in-season fruit and vegetables
  5. Enjoy other plant-based foods that store well, such as dried beans, whole grains, seeds, and nuts
  6. Choose canned or frozen versions of out-of-season vegetables and fruit rather than buying fresh food from far away
  7. Avoid lamb, beef, cheese, pork, salmon, and other foods with a high Food Wasted Effect
  8. Serve healthy amounts but not too much
  9. When you eat out, bring home any extra food to replace food you otherwise would have bought
  10. Tuck any extra fresh vegetables into stews or soups before they go bad