<p><a href=”https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/food-waste”>Food waste</a>, however, remains a major problem in the United States; the USDA estimates that <a href=”https://www.usda.gov/foodwaste/faqs” target=”_blank”>30-40% our national food supply is wasted</a>. Wasted food is the <a href=”https://www.fda.gov/food/consumers/food-loss-and-waste” target=”_blank”>largest category of material in municipal landfills,</a> and represents a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, thus having a substantial impact on global <a href=”https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change/”>climate change</a>. Without food waste, <a href=”https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/fight-climate-change-by-preventing-food-waste” target=”_blank”>about 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions from the global food system would be eliminated</a>, found the World Wildlife Foundation.</p><p>While global food waste can seem like a distant problem, <a href=”https://www.saveonenergy.com/food-power-per-hour/” target=”_blank”>individual homes represent the largest source of that waste</a> in terms of dollars, resulting in major economic consequences for individuals and families. American households spend <a href=”https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanabandoim/2020/01/26/the-shocking-amount-of-food-us-households-waste-every-year/?sh=726ba1ea7dc8″ target=”_blank”>roughly $1,866 a year</a> on food that ends up being wasted.</p><p>For both beginner cooks and seasoned chefs, these tips for creatively reducing food waste in your kitchen will both cut down on your environmental impact and save you money by keeping more food out of the trash.</p>
1. Freeze leftover herbs.
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