Reducing Food Waste: Sustainability at Home

Posted by Liliana Cantrell on

farm field with a hand holding two bags of sustainably sourced potatoesAs we go about our daily lives, we may not realize the tremendous impact that our food waste has on the environment. Did you know that landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States? Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is up to 28 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, making it a significant contributor to global warming and climate change.

At Southern Snacks, we are committed to reducing food waste and promoting sustainability. Our Southern Snacks line is made from rescued "imperfect" potatoes that would otherwise go to waste, and baked with organic coconut oil for a better-for-you snack option. By using these potatoes, we are helping to reduce the estimated 40% of food that goes to waste and contributing to the detrimental effects of climate change and the release of harmful methane gas.

Methane emissions from landfills not only contribute to global warming but also have negative impacts on air and water quality. Landfills can emit harmful air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and particulate matter. These pollutants can have negative effects on human health, including respiratory problems, cancer, and neurological disorders. Additionally, methane can migrate into groundwater and surface water, which can lead to contamination and other negative environmental impacts.

Reducing food waste can have a significant impact on reducing methane emissions and the negative effects of food waste on the environment. By diverting food waste from landfills through composting, anaerobic digestion, and other methods, we can reduce methane emissions and create valuable resources such as compost for agriculture.

At Southern Snacks, we are proud to be part of the solution to food waste, methane emissions, and climate change. Our mission is to create snacks that not only taste great but also contribute to a healthier planet. We are dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting sustainable practices in everything we do.

As consumers, we can all do our part to reduce food waste and promote sustainability. Here are a few simple steps we can take:

  1. Plan meals and shop with a list to reduce food waste at home.

  2. Buy "imperfect" fruits and vegetables that may be rejected by stores for cosmetic reasons.

  3. Compost food scraps and yard waste at home or participate in community composting programs.

  4. Support companies that prioritize reducing food waste and promoting sustainability, such as Southern Snacks.

Together, we can make a positive impact on the planet by reducing food waste, promoting sustainability, and fighting climate change. Join us in the journey towards a healthier, more sustainable future.

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