When food waste is landfilled, organic material decomposes, releasing carbon emissions that are more than 20 times as potent than carbon dioxide. To reduce contributions to the landfill, it’s best to first focus on reducing waste at the source. You can cut back on the amount of food you throw away by shopping with a list for your planned meals. Find creative ways to use produce scraps. Vegetable peelings and skins can be frozen and saved for a vegetable broth or stock. Fruit that you fear may spoil can be frozen and used to make smoothies at a later date. Setting up a backyard compost pile keeps your remaining fruit and vegetable scraps out of the landfill. A properly managed compost pile emits fewer emissions than landfilled organics and sequesters carbon in the finished product. Lastly, consider your food packaging and its footprint when you’re shopping. Choosing products without packaging, or with packaging that is more easily recycled, will also reduce your food footprint. Bringing your own shopping basket or reusable shopping bags to the store or farmers market makes an impact too.