Food Waste Challenge

Trash Did you know that collectively as a country, we waste about 40% of the food produced for consumption according to Jonathan Bloom, author of the book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). We think that's awful. And that the second greatest producer of methane gas (which contributes greatly to global warming) is rotting food in our landfills! Ewww, right?!?!? So we thought we'd try an experiment and invite you to join us. Here's how it's going to work:

  1. Open your fridge.
  2. Take everything out.
  3. Toss out only the truly bad, expired stuff. (Maybe start a compost bin/pile with it??)
  4. Then come up with a plan to use what’s left

For one week, try keeping a log of what and how much food you actually throw away – and then assign a dollar value to it. You might be shocked at the end of the week. When you put a dollar value on the food you’re throwing away, you look at it very differently. It's estimated the average American family throws away $2,000 worth of food each year. Do the math - are you average, below average or above average??? We'd like to hear your comments about how the week is going, what you made with the items from your fridge, etc. Feel free to comment on our Facebook page!