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Sustainable Solutions: Food Waste

Considering that many people in the world go hungry every day, it's amazing that about 40% of the food produced worldwide is wasted. Food waste occurs at every step of food production, consumption, and disposal.  It is much more than a waste of a consumer's money and time; food waste is also a waste of land, water, energy, and the opportunity to decrease hunger for others, and it contributes significantly to a warming climate.  The links at the bottom of the page provide more information on the subject.  

Reducing food waste at home is a simple, economical way to lower your carbon footprint. Here are a few ways to help your pocketbook and the planet.

1.  PLAN IT OUT.          

 - Shop in your fridge first and figure out what is going to expire soon before buying more.

 - Prepare and cook perishable items, then freeze them to use throughout the month.

 - Buy what you need. Buying in bulk may seem like a way to save money before you consider how much is wasted.

 - Buy enough to last you until your next trip.

 - Figure out how many meals you’ll be eating at home and how often.

2. STORE IT.

 - Utilize your freezer for more than pizza and ice. Bread, leftovers, produce, and meat can last longer and save you money when frozen.

 - Wash berries right before eating to prevent mold.

 - Store veggies and fruits separately to prevent premature spoilage.

3. EAT IT.

 - Plate your food with how much you can eat or less. There’s no reason to pile on mashed potatoes AND peas AND have three wings if you’re going to throw away half of the unfinished stuff. You could always get more if you’re still hungry.

 - Take leftovers home and use them for other meals. Incorporate your burger from the night before into your meat sauce for spaghetti at home. Why put it in the trash?

For more information about food waste and how to waste less you can visit:

https://www.nrdc.org/issues/food

https://www.usda.gov/foodwaste/faqs

http://www.getfoodsmarttn.com/

 

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 10:31 AM