Wasted food is a social problem: Many of our neighbors struggle to access enough food every day. 1 in 5 children in Tompkins is food insecure. Wholesome, nutritious food should feed people, not landfills.
Wasted food is an environmental problem: Food is the largest stream of materials in American trash. Once wasted food reaches landfills, it produces methane, contributing about 8% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. It also uses 25% of our freshwater resources and 300 million barrels of oil every year to produce food that is then thrown away.
Wasted food is an economic issue: It is estimated that at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, food loss and waste totals $161 billion dollars. An average family of four throws away over $1,500 worth of good food every year.
If you are a local producer, check out these resources in order to find markets for your "ugly" produce, donate food that doesn't have a market, and work on your business planning in order to avoid harvesting food before you have a buyer.