Improve Your Grocery Habits To Quit Food Waste

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Improve Your Grocery Habits To Quit Food Waste

A recent report by the World Resources Institute stated that about one third of all the food produced worldwide never makes it from production to the plate. The cause of food waste differs around the world. For instance, in sub-Saharan Africa, the bulk of food waste is found at the production stage. The majority of food loss is the result of bad weather, mold, pests, lack of refrigeration, and inaccessibility to markets. Developed nations, despite better resources, are not drastically different. The food loss in these countries is a result of ambiguous food labeling and finicky consumers. In Europe, North America, and Oceania, most food loss happens at the final consumption phase—meaning more food is thrown out based on expiration or undesirability.

The National Institutes of Health estimated that as much as 40% of the U.S. food supply is tossed out daily. This is equivalent to more than twenty pounds of food per person, or about $1,365 to $2,275 per family, per year. An estimated two billion people could be fed from the food the U.S. throws out annually. Read on to learn more about food waste, how to quit food waste, and what items you can bulk buy and store longer.

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Kate Wilke is the content manager at 301brands, and she's the editor of, and the lifestyle editor at When she's not paddle boarding or skiing, she's informing someone about global warming (or cats) over a local double IPA. Follow her on Instagram — @kateewilke

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