Jayden Davis

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environment, food insecurity




Americans produce billions of pounds of food waste every year. affecting the environment and economy in which they live. The average American throws out more than 400 lbs. (181 kg.) of food annually, which translates to 30%-40% of the total US food supply. Issues including unsustainable practices within the food supply chain, high aesthetic standards for produce among retailers and customers. and uninformed consumer behavior all exacerbate the food waste problem. Among other reasons. the negative consequences of food waste include increased greenhouse gas emissions. wasted and compromised water supplies. and economic losses. Redistributing unwanted or unsold food to organizations like food banks and churches not only reduces food waste but curbs food insecurity in the US. Household composting also diverts food from landfills, thereby mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.