Turns Out That Mother Knows Best - For The Planet Too!
by Kat Maudru,posted Mar 16 2012 9:54AM
New ammunition for you Moms out there – cleaning your plate is good for the planet!!! Yep - there’s evidence that shows that your Mama’s advice may help reduce food waste in landfills. It turns out that 30 to 50 percent of food produced in the world goes uneaten and that we Americans are responsible for tossing out 33 pounds of food each month. That’s per person!!! Some simple math means that each of us throws out 400 pounds of food a year! Did you know that in 2010, 33 million tons of food waste hit landfills and incinerators? Food is the largest solid waste product in the system.
Experts say that people of all ages contribute to the problem, but that kids are the biggest (littlest?) perpetrators. A simple solution? Start your kidlets with smaller meal portions and give them more when they ask.