Americans throw away almost 40 percent of the food produced and pay about $1 billion annually to pitch food waste into landfills where it rots and generates methane, a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In addition to making smarter choices at the grocery store, consider composting, which will transform your waste into nutrient-rich material. To learn how, check out why compost?
The high cost of waste
By Emery Cowan May 13, 2010