If you’ve found yourself in the kitchen more than usual during the past year, you’re not alone. About 40% of American adults report that they are cooking more since the coronavirus struck, according to the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2020 report. Demand for online food content and recipes has soared , and without lengthy commutes or social engagements, many adults have more time to experiment in the kitchen and make more of their own meals. Food waste , however, remains a major problem in the United States; the USDA estimates that 30-40% our national food supply is wasted . Wasted food is the largest category of material in municipal landfills, and represents a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, thus having a substantial impact on global climate change . Without food waste, about 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions from the global food system would be eliminated , found the World Wildlife Foundation. While global food waste can seem like a distant problem, individual homes represent the largest source of that waste in terms of dollars, resulting in major economic consequences for individuals and families. American households spend roughly $1,866 a year on food that ends up being wasted. […]


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