Americans waste quarter of their food every day. Wasted food is the second-largest component of municipal solid waste in the U.S. Millions of tons go into landfills where the decomposing food produces methane, a greenhouse gas more than 20 times as damaging as carbon dioxide. A journal Environmental Science & Technology stated that the U.S. wasted about 2030 trillion BTU of energy in 2007, or the equivalent of about 350 million barrels of oil. One of the best ways to reduce food waste in your home is to plan meals ahead. Planning meals ahead makes shopping simpler and more efficient. Rotate time-sensitive foods in the fridge and cupboards because fresh foods can get pushed to the back of shelves. Chop the vegetable and freeze them for longer shelf life during the surplus produce. Process or dehydrate surplus or damaged fruit, vegetables and meats. All food waste should be composted because Composting food waste is easy, and it is the best way to produce your own high quality, low-cost organic fertilizer.
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