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Spring into Action: Week 3

The Issue: Food Waste
  • Currently, about 1/3 of all food grown in the world is wasted. It takes land, water, energy, and resources to produce this food. Much of this food ends up rotting in landfills. All of this results in about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reducing food waste is one of the most effective ways to slow global warming.
  • If we reduced our food waste, we could potentially feed two billion people who are otherwise suffering from food insecurity or starvation.
What can you do?
  • Shop locally and thoughtfully. Check out our local Farmers’ Markets! Buy what you need from farms and producers as close to home as possible.
  • Donate to organizations that connect farms with food banks.
  • Take a “shelfie”! Photograph your cupboard or refrigerator shelves before you head out to the grocery store. You can refer to it when you are wondering if you should purchase an item or not.
  • Compost! It is so important to keep food waste out of landfills. Decomposing food trapped in a giant hole in the earth generates methane (a greenhouse gas) and leachate (a toxic sludge that leaks out into groundwater). We are so lucky to have amazing access to composting facilities here in the Bay Area.
  • Discover creative tips for using food scraps in local author Anne Marie Bonneau’s new book, The Zero Waste Chef.
  • Support our school’s transition to Zero Waste! Throughout the 2021-22 school year, Marin Horizon will be implementing the Zero Waste School Program.
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