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Food scraps in a compost pile. {CREDIT: Camila Guillen, UF/IFAS]

IFAS supports Florida Food Waste Prevention Week

Food waste is a huge issue, here and around the globe.

Food scraps on a plateAs a country, we throw away 40 percent of all the food produced, or up to 160 billion pounds each year. The price tag for that waste approaches $218 billion. And, with production losses at virtually every step along the way, from production to household disposal, the waste impacts everything from water resources to farmland to energy use and more. As a whole, it is an incredibly inefficient system.

To help educate Floridians on the issues of food waste, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County has joined in the efforts of Florida Food Waste Prevention Week, running April 5-9. The week aims to heighten awareness around the issues of preventing food waste, saving money, reducing hunger, and protecting our environment.

In support, IFAS faculty have created courses on the subject of food impacts, waste and composting.

Please visit ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com to learn more about the available webinars and courses.

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