Water conservation reaches far beyond just fixing leaking pipes – it extends to being mindful when wasting food.
“Tossing an apple is like pouring 25 gallons of water down the drain, and the average American does that 17 times a year,” Smithsonian Mag reported. “Food waste is a staggering problem. In 2010, close to 133 billion pounds, or a little over $160 billion worth of food, wound up in U.S. landfills.”
With many areas still facing a significant drought as we head into the snowy months and with the holidays quickly approaching, be mindful of how much food you prepare to try and reduce how much food you waste.
Kai Olson-Sawyer, an analyst at the GRACE Communications Foundation, a group focused on food, water and energy resources, explained to WaterOnline.com where else savings might be found. “’There’s no benefit to wasting food,’ she said. ‘The fact is that food waste is truly a waste to all humanity of every kind.’”
Many people don’t realize just how much water is needed to produce food. Meat is a perfect example. It’s processing has some of the highest water requirements, starting with the water animals drink and including the water required to process the meat, package it and ship it to the store. Every food product leaves a water trail close behind and when you waste food, you’re ultimately wasting water.
As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, be mindful of how much food you prepare and remind guests to only take what they think they will eat – and return for seconds!