And this graphic shows us that just as much Food is wasted before it gets to us as we throw out from our tables!
Watch this video on guys who actually go 'dumpster diving' for fresh edible food!
Well, why does it matter?
It turns out that food waste has many harmful impacts on our communities and environment.
Food production uses energy and resources, such as: tractors, lights, watering crops, transportation, refrigeration. That energy has to come from fossil fuels or resources that hurt our environment.
As food spoils in a dump, it produces harmful methane gases that can destroy our atmosphere and impacts global warming.
Food that is wasted and could be given to people who are hungry. There are 15.9 Million children in the USA that have low food access or go hungry.
So... What can you do about it?
Let's watch how this school chose to do some research and inform others on how much food they waste every day!
Time to brainstorm! What could you do to change this?
Some methods may be small…
Always eat leftovers or make sure to eat all of your food every time (make a group or pact to eating your whole plate).
Or some methods could be big!
Collect un-eaten good food and donate it to local shelters and people who need it.
Recycle and gather food in food waste bins.
Create videos or posters about food waste to share with the school and educate them on the topic.
Write a story that explains what you have learned and how it makes you feel/ how you want to change it.