Troubling Facts That Should Definitely Be Hung In Every Grocery Store And Kitchen

Some of you may already know that 1/3 of all the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted. If you didn't know that, I'm gonna give you a moment here to comprehend just how much food that is. Remember, it's 1/3 of everything produced in the entire world — gone.*crickets*

Troubling Facts That Should Definitely Be Hung In Every Grocery Store And Kitchen

Moment over. Now that we're on the same page about how utterly ridiculous this statistic is, let's learn a little bit more about what it really means and what we can do to help decrease that waste.

And to break it down a little further for ya, here are the main points in the vid:

The video goes on to talk about just how the solution can start with you (and me!). Some ideas for individuals are: Be a more careful grocery shopper, use better methods to store and recycle leftovers, and request smaller portions in restaurants if you don't think you can finish the whole meal.

Photo courtesy of Capital One

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