FAQs

FAQs

How does food waste contribute to climate change?

Did you know that 15% of the energy consumed in the US is used to produce food?  So, wasting food is also wasting the energy used to produce it.  In addition, there is the issue of what becomes of the energy stored in food when it is discarded. We all know that uneaten food and some other…

Composting options – centralized and home-based

Composting Some food waste is inevitable.  No matter how diligent we are in using all the edible food we purchase or grow, some waste will be produced.  This may include apple cores, tea bags, coffee grounds, orange peels and such.  Have you considered composting?  Composting is an accelerated…

What is the ground truth on expiration dates?

Expiration Dates Dumping food that has passed an expiration date contributes greatly to food waste in the home, but unfortunately the short answer is that there is no ground truth about expiration dates. Surprisingly, there are no federal laws establishing regulations for dating foods for either quality or safety except for infant formula.  The United States Department of…

Should I be buying ugly produce?

Buying ugly produce, or ugly food, has become a popular cause in the fight against food waste. Proponents of buying ugly produce make the case that tons of food are wasted because it is unpresentable. A closer look at the food industry puts this claim into perspective. Much food that never leaves the field is because of overproduction or because it is overripe or it shows…

May I have more info on food waste?

Governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have compiled extensive information on food waste and its reduction. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published Wasted: How America is Losing 40 Percent of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill (second edition) in 2017.  The extent of food losses as well as steps to remove inefficiencies is discussed…