A study funded by the United States Department of Agriculture found that the average American wastes about one pound of food per day, or 225-290 pounds per year. This means that roughly 20% of all food put on the plates of Americans is trashed every year. The amount of food thrown away could feed 2 billion extra people annually.
Not only are families throwing away thousands of dollars’ worth of food each year, but the waste is also having an environmental impact. Food waste accounts for 19% of landfill waste, which directly contributes to the production of greenhouse gases.
While food waste has increased about 50% since 1974, there is something you can do in your own home to help eliminate food waste and save money – freeze dry. A home freeze dryer from Harvest Right allows you to preserve that extra food you have and use it at a later date.
Stop letting leftovers just go to waste. Preserve your garden produce. Buy in bulk and save money. All this food can be easily freeze-dried at home and then sit on a shelf at room temperatures for up to 25 years. In just a year’s time, you could save hundreds of pounds of food and thousands of dollars.