Food waste is an increasing problem in the US and around the world in developed countries. In an age where so many people are food insecure, this is a travesty. Additionally, food waste is a significant contributor to climate change and pollution. The US wastes roughly 40 percent of its food annually. Much of the approx 150 billion pounds of food that is wasted every year is perfectly nutritious. Only 5% of food waste is composted in this country.
- Food waste is the largest of municipal solid waste which breaks down to form methane-86% more powerful than CO2
- Food waste is responsible for more than 25% of all the freshwater consumption in the US and is the leading cause of water pollution
- Reducing food waste by just 15 percent could provide enough sustenance to feed more than 25 million people, annually.5
Food is wasted due to a variety of reasons including, overproduction, overbuying, overpreparing, shelf date confusion, and perceived imperfection.
One company I know of made its mission to do something about the problem- “Imperfect Foods.”
Here is the statement from their website…
Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 with a mission to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone. We offer imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality eggs and dairy. We deliver them conveniently to our customers’ doorsteps and pride ourselves on offering up to a 30% discount compared to grocery store prices. Our customers can get the healthy, seasonal produce they want alongside the grocery staples they rely on, without having to compromise their budget or values. We’re proving that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more, and that shopping for quality ingredients can support the people and resources that it takes to grow our favorite foods.
When a friend told me about this company I decided to investigate and placed an order. I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent variety of nutritious and organic foods including dairy, meat vegan options, snacks, pantry items, coffee, etc. I was particularly interested in produce and it was of good quality.
The interface was easy to operate and you can choose the frequency of how often you want to order with cancellation at any time. You order by Wednesday and delivery is by Friday to your door. (Unfortunately due to Covid, they temporarily no longer offer their recycling service).
Check it out and help prevent food waste!
Note- I am in no way connected with Imperfect Foods nor do I receive any compensation for this review.
For an in-depth article on food waste go here