Yes, Saving Produce Can Save the Planet

November 12, 2019

Saving the planet may not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “eat your vegetables,” but the decisions we make about food can have some of the most meaningful environmental impact. Where it comes from, how it gets to us, and what we do with it matters.

In fact, each year, 125 billion pounds of food go to waste in the United States, right along with all the precious resources used to grow, wash and transport it. This waste accounts for 14% of all US water consumption and 176 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. To put it in perspective, that’s equal to the emissions of a car driving 431 billion miles! All spent growing perfectly good produce that goes uneaten. Something needs to change, and that change can start with us.

“Simple choices, like how we get our food, are more powerful than we think” says CEO and Founder of Hungry Harvest, Evan Lutz. “By rescuing produce that would otherwise go to waste, we’re helping to fight climate change one box of fruits and veggies at a time.”

Hungry Harvest is a produce delivery service on a mission to end food waste and hunger. Each week, fresh fruits and vegetables are curated, packed up and delivered to homes across our area. The boxes are easily customized and come in a variety of sizes and options so that subscribers can individualize their harvest and make it just right for their home, ensuring that everything gets used. Every harvest delivery saves at least 10 pounds of produce from going to waste and helps support the work of local hunger solving organizations.

Based on the belief that every person has the right to eat healthy and that every fruit and vegetable deserves to be eaten, we help farmers by rescuing produce they wouldn’t otherwise be able to sell due to cosmetic imperfections or surpluses. It’s a moral travesty that we waste 40% of the food in this country when 20% of those around us live in food insecurity — not having geographic or financial access to healthy food on a regular basi s. Together with our Harvest Heroes, we are truly able to make a difference. The impact is consistent, convenient, and quickly adds up.