Food in the landfills is an environmental problem as well. In the trash can food can attract animals. Food in the landfills contributes to methane gas formation. In addition to the actual food wasted, this is a waste of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, water and the space used to grow the food. Lastly, an animal being bred, and raised in captivity under generally inhumane conditions, for the purpose of being food, is such a heartbreaking waste when it is not even eaten.
What Can I do about it?
The best way to avoid buying too much food is to meal plan. Meal planing is when you sit down with the grocery store sale flier, your coupons, and your shopping list and decide what is for dinner every night. In my house this involves a calendar review, Who is going to be home,? How much time do we have to prepare food? I use and highly recommend using Cozi. Cozi has a family calendar, meal planning, shopping lists, to do lists, contact lists and more. Your dinner plan can easily import to the shopping list and you can import to your recipe box directly from a number of websites.
Meal planning saves you more money than just avoiding food waste, it saves you money by helping you purchase only exactly what you need, and helps you always have a meal ready that you have time to purchase. You will work out quick prep meals on workdays when the kids have soccer practice, or slow cooker meals when you have to work later, and save the meals with more prep time for another night. It also ensures you can stick to your healthy eating plan.
Eat your leftovers
Produce approaching the expiration date can be Frozen or dehydrated to enjoy later. Those last bits of chicken or turkey can be boiled off the bone and used for stock (I have tons of recipes that call for chicken broth, why buy it when you can make it essentially for free since you eat chicken)