Its such a simple idea, its almost embarrassing to have to blog about it. News flash: wasting food wastes energy.
Here in the U.S., it is generally consumption, consumption, consumption. Even a terrible recession has hardly cooled our jets.
Fast food is making us fat and clogging the atmosphere with carbon emissions. But, if we made conscious decisions about the food we order, purchase and don’t always eat, we could save the equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil each year. And that’s just in the United States!
That’s right – no expensive solar panels, no turning off lights and unplugging cell phones – just a little more forethought into food consumption.
As reported in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, it takes the equivalent of 1.4 billion barrels of oil to produce, package, prepare, preserve and distribute a year’s worth of food in the United States.
Why is it that wasting food wastes energy? To begin with, raising, harvesting and transporting produce requires energy. Pre-packaged food also involves processing and packaging. In the year 2007, food production in the United States accounted for 8-16% of all energy consumption.
Nonetheless, the USDA estimates that each person in the USA wastes nearly 1/3 of their food!
If we stopped wasting food, we could stop wasting energy.
If you’re like me, you might be surprised to learn that something as simple as not wasting food could help save energy and save money.
Then again, it makes sense: if you don’t have to purchase food as often or pay to preserve it after you do, energy savings can add up quickly.