As market shoppers, we care not only where our food comes from, but where it goes when we don’t eat it. Food waste is an immense concern that is gaining more public knowledge these days. Cities like Seattle have the privilege of a city-wide composting system…but what about all the food in between the markets and our compost bins? Read here for a short list on how shopping at Farmers Markets can help reduce your personal food waste.
According to the Seattle Public Utilities site, “40% of food in the United States goes uneaten,” which is equivalent to about 20 pounds per person per month. This can happen anywhere from waste at our homes or in food distribution systems and grocery stores. What is amazing, however, is that by choosing where you shop for food alone, you can help change this statistic. As our friends at CUESA say, “The National Resources Defense Council estimates that if we reduced our food waste by 15 percent, we could feed 25 million Americans. Making sure food gets into bellies instead of the landfill also ensures that precious water, labor, and money aren’t squandered.”
Though we may be a tad bit biased (we LOVE our Farmers Markets!), we think that choosing to shop directly with the farmers is a great first step in alleviating food waste everywhere. Here are some ways that shopping at Farmers Markets can help decrease food waste: