The Amount of Food We Waste in Massachusetts is Shameful.
After finding moldy cheese in our fridge, I figured it was time to clean it. As I was cleaning, I admit to being embarrassed as to how much food was getting thrown away. Everything from half-used bottles of salad dressing, to a cucumber we forgot about, to some old lemonade we just never got around to finish drinking. I thought about the money wasted, and the food and drink wasted that could’ve gone to someone that needed it.
So, just how much food do we waste here in Massachusetts?
Well, according to mass.gov and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts wastes about 1 million tons of food per year. Think about that.
One. Million. Tons.
Now, it’s not just you and I that contribute to that waste. This also includes restaurants, colleges, grocery stores, food manufacturers and more. While you and I probably don’t waste as much food as large restaurants or institutions, we certainly all play our part in food waste here in Massachusetts.
And it goes beyond Massachusetts. In the United States, about 40% of food goes wasted. That’s just a stunning amount, and I had no idea until I read and saw the statistics on it.
The question then, is what do we do about this? The top answers from experts seem to be:
-Plan your meals
-Keep your fridge organized
-Donate food before it goes bad
Obviously, some of those solutions are more practical than others. And, if both you and your significant other are working, and have kids, and have a myriad of other responsibilities, many times you won’t have time to organize the fridge for example. Likewise, you might plan your meals, only to find life gets in the way and your plans get ruined for the week. I get it. That said, I look to those tips above as goals we should strive for, not necessarily goals that are realistic to meet each week.