Fight food waste to beat inflation

Lane County’s “Simplify the Holidays” campaign hopes to help residents and businesses reduce food waste during the holiday season.

Over the past year, U.S. food prices have risen more than 10%, according to the Labor Department’s consumer price index (CPI). This data presents real challenges for people coming together during the holidays. Food waste only exacerbates the issue.

ReFed estimated that 305 million pounds of Thanksgiving food were thrown out in 2022.

Environmentally, producing this food generates more than 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the same as driving . . .