What is Food Waste?

Food waste (also known as food loss) is classified as food “that is discarded or unable to be used”. The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines food waste as “uneaten food and food preparation wastes from residences and commercial establishments”.

In the United States alone in 2011,  at least 36 million tons of food waste was generated!  1.3 billion tons of food throughout the world is lost or wasted, yearly. 1.3 billion is about 1/3 of the total food produced in the world! Be it from the food either used or going bad, to the misleading “Best By” or “Expire By” labels, to the misconceptions and disgust of purchasing aesthetically imperfect produced or groceries,  to even the lack of knowledge for further uses of byproducts, Americans – nay, all of us as citizens of this world– waste a lot of food.

However, to take one step towards minimizing the most basic food waste issue (discarding food) we here at Kitchology.com hope to change your kitchen and better improve your eating habits with innovative ideas so that you can make the most of your delicious food purchases.

Last month, as part of our commitment to promoting food waste and reduce the indiscriminate discarding of food, Kitchology gladly accepted the USDA Food Waste Challenge (blog link). The USDA Food Waste Challenge (link here) is built upon the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge to raise awareness amongst Americans to reduce food waste. As such, over the next week (or two), we will talk more about the food waste issue in the United States and how you can not only minimize your food excess and food waste, but also maximize your food purchases and consumption with becoming bored.

Additionally, as you’ve probably seen, every Friday, we are promoting the theme of “Food Friday” geared towards you for something to eat or to try for the weekend. Last Friday (July 5th), we began addressing the food waste issue by providing you with delicious solutions for your delightful 4th of July leftovers (blog link). Leftovers are a huge part of food waste; sometimes the food spoils, sometimes we no longer want to eat them because we’ve eaten the same thing one too many times, and other times they’re simply forgotten about. We’d like to put a spin to the food you eat, how you handle the food, and what to do with it. Stay tuned!

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