Currently, in the U.S., almost half of our food — 40 percent of what we grow — ends up in the garbage, according to an NRDC.org report, and globally food waste is to 50% according to a report from FAO.org.
The following is a list of the top 20 types of food, making up avoidable food waste…
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a British nonprofit, conducted a detailed analysis of avoidable household food waste in the U.K.
This list is likely very similar to what we here in the U.S. waste too…
Avoidable food waste is made up of food items that could have been eaten if they had been managed or stored better. The food may not have been fit for consumption at the time of disposal because it had gone moldy or had been spoiled or it may have been thrown away because it was no longer wanted.
1. Potatoes (359,000 tons)
2. Bread slices (328,000 tons)
3. Apples (190,000 tons)
4. Meat or Fish Mixed Meals (161,000 tons)
5. World breads (e.g. naan, tortilla) (102,000 tons)
6. Vegetable mixed meals (96,000 tons)
7. Pasta mixed meals (87,000 tons)
8. Bread rolls/baguettes (86,000 tons)
9. Rice mixed meals (85,000 tons)
10. Mixed meals (85,000 tons)
11. Bananas (84,000 tons)
12. Bread Loaves (75,000 tons)
13. Yogurts/Yogurt Drinks (67,000 tons)
14. Sandwiches (63,000 tons)
15. Cakes (62,000 tons)
16. Lettuces (61,000 tons)
17. Tomatoes (61,000 tons)
18. Cabbages (56,000 tons)
19. Cooked rice (55,000 tons)
20. Mixed vegetables (53,000 tons)
As responsible preppers, we should focus on our food management.
From the garden (or store) to the table… food being a primary prep resource, should not be wasted. We should develop habits that enable us to more efficiently utilize and consume more of what we have.
Better food preservation habits
Better food storage techniques and rotation
Better management of quantities while cooking/preparing meals
The willingness to eat left-overs before cooking up a new meal
Be aware of the misleading “Use-by” and “Sell-by” dates.
The point is to just be more aware of food waste, and to do your best to prevent it!