We all want to have a healthy family, pet(s), and planet. Furthermore, we know that fresh, ethically farmed and especially organic foods play a key role in achieving our mutual goal- overall health. However, in order to grow our health, the high quality food we seek requires a lot of natural resources, labor and love!
It’s heartbreaking to see great quality food end up in the landfill, yet the size and scale of the fresh food waste problem is astonishingly large! Depending on who you ask, somewhere between 20 and 40% of farm to fork and lightly processed food goes to waste every year!  These foods either never leave the farm, get lost or spoiled during distribution, or are thrown away in hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, schools, or home kitchens. The discarded food equates to be enough calories to feed every undernourished person on the planet.
What’s The Problem With Food Waste? Isn’t It Compost?
Overall Food Waste Contributes to Global Warming
Food production accounts for over a quarter (approximately 26%) of global greenhouse gas emissions including; livestock and fisheries, crop production, land use, and transportation . This means that wasted food accounts for at least 5% of the greenhouse gases, as well as putting further strain on other valuable natural resources like fresh-water water and land use.
Food Waste Means Less Healthy Options On The Shelves
Growing organic and healthier foods for people and their pets means going back to more traditional practices of diversified farms and smaller batches during manufacturing. This is less efficient and more expensive than large-scale commercial farming and manufacturing. Which means that the farmers who rear animals naturally in a pasture alongside good quality crops and manufacturers who choose cleaner, less invasive processing methods are taking a bigger financial risk to get these healthier products to market. Many of these companies don’t have large budgets and are often started out of passion and love, not abundance of resources and investment funding. So every wasted pound of this food can make the difference between these companies surviving and going out of business. If we want overall better food producers, we need to get away from the traditional expectations of “we want everything now and we want it fresh” while dismissing the less than perfect products, or those nearing their best before date.
Why is Fresh Food Waste Such a Big Problem?
We All Contribute To It- Even In Ways We Don’t Necessarily Think About
For example, imagine going to the grocery store to buy milk… you look at the shelf bursting with milk bottles, quickly scan the best before dates … and pick the one that’s a bit newer than some of the other options on the shelf. I am sure most of us have done this at some point because we want our food to be as fresh as possible, lea