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New Global Campaign Launched: Think. Eat. Save.

Food waste is one of those issues that most of us are aware of at least on some level. We know we probably should have attempted to use that broccoli or cabbage in the crisper, but it just never happened and now it’s rotting in the garbage. The sad reality is that approximately 1.3 billion tons of food—or 1/3 of all food produced globally—ends up wasted.

To combat this seemingly overwhelming problem, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and its partners launched a new global campaign last week called Think. Eat. Save. The program offers key findings about food waste in various countries (for example, in the United States, food waste arises primarily from the retail sector and on-farm mismanagement), as well as informative resources to help you take action in your community.

Some of the suggestions for saving food and money include:
Shop smart and don’t succumb to marketing tricks for packaged foods.
Buy fruits and vegetables that are not perfect, at the farmers market or elsewhere.
Request smaller portions at restaurants.
Compost your food scraps.
Donate non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food.
As you work towards increasing access to healthy foods in your home, school, community, or elsewhere, think about where food waste is happening, and how that food waste can be avoided. Think. Eat. Save. offers a great starting point to help you and your community waste less.

Written by: Lilia Smelkova, Food Day Campaign Manager.