I read an article yesterday over at MSNBC.COM that claims 30-50% of the world’s food is thrown away! It claims the average American throws away 33 pounds of food a MONTH – at a cost of $33! I am SHOCKED! I might be extrapolating a little too far, but with 6 people in my family, if we threw away that much food, I would be throwing $198 in the garbage A MONTH! With a monthly grocery budget of only around $350, I can’t even begin to fathom wasting that much food. What do you think?
There are so many other factors besides money that are at stake that it kind of makes me sick to my stomach to think about it. We’re talking environmental impacts of having produced all of the food in the first place, environmental impacts of throwing it in the landfill, human and animal costs of food distribution…all kinds of things besides money are at stake here.
I’m glad I’m participating in FWD with Frugal Girl so I can get my own waste under control. I still throw out food each week, but thinking about it and being more mindful has to be a good thing, right?
My waste this week includes a small bowl of frosted mini wheats that we dumped thawed milk on. I don’t normally freeze milk so I wasn’t prepared for the texture change. The milk was super cold and a little lumpy. I don’t know if that’s normal? I would have used the milk in baking, but on cereal it was gross. So much to my 4 year old’s chagrin, she couldn’t eat her favorite cereal and I don’t normally buy this cereal so it was a very sad food loss for her.
I also made a pot of coffee without grinding the beans first. Haha! I’m not really sure how that happended, but the coffee was dumped. I ground the wet beans and tried again. Still not right – so a seonc pot of coffee was dumped and the beans. I think that I might have been able to let the wet beans dry before grinding them. But I have no clue. I have made coffee without putting the beans in at all, but I’d never made a pot of coffee without grinding beans before. Another sad food loss.
And finally, I found 1/2 a cup of moldy apple sauce in my fridge. It was homemade apple sauce from free apples, so the monetary cost wasn’t that great, but there was quite a bit of time involved – picking, preparing, canning. Oh well. I kind of bummed about this one because I’ve found apple sauce to be a nice substitute for oil in some baked goods – and oil’s not cheap.
So there you have it. My food waste compared to the rest of the average nation. I think I’m doing much better than the average US citizen and that makes me happy.
How’d you do this week?