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Food Waste Prevention Week, March 4th - 10th, is designed to educate the public and raise awareness about the environmental and economic costs of food waste and help Californians reduce the amount of food that ends up in the trash.
Money spent along the food production chain, including the cost of energy, water, fertilizer, harvesting, production, storage, and transportation, also is wasted. Californians throw away nearly 12 billion pounds of food each year, equaling 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills in the state. On average, a family of four could save nearly $1,500 or more per year by purchasing only the amount of food they need and throwing less away.
Californians are encouraged to take simple actions to prevent food waste. For example:
Effective strategies to help reduce food waste at home can reduce more than 20 pounds of food waste per person, per month—and reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. As part of California’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million in January to 31 projects to decrease the amount of food waste landfilled in California and increase the state’s capacity to collect, transport, store, and distribute more food to Californians in need.
CalRecycle, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research are joining forces with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ad Council on a food waste reduction campaign known as Savethefood.com. The UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign encourages people to use imperfect-looking produce to prevent nutritious fruits and vegetables from becoming waste.
For more information on the grants, see CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program webpage. Click any of the links to find out more!