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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Food Waste and Reducing It

When you add up what the American family and food services waste in food, it comes out to be twenty five to fifty percent wasteful. With some careful planning you can reduce the amount of food waste that goes to the landfill.

If you cook at home, or dine out, you should always plan the meals. One way to avoid food waste at home is to cook actually what is going to be eaten. Not only do you help to save the planet but you save money your self.

If you do cook to much, saving it and freezing it for later will also help with waste. The left overs can also be reused in new recipes. As long as the leftovers are not placed back in the fridge to rot, you will help with food waste.

Let's talk about the packages your food comes in, these are also part of food waste. It is better to use reusable containers. Not all restaurants use them, but if you are more conscious about it you will find alternatives. Example is instead of a food product in a plastic bag why not pick up some that is fresh and you can cut up your self and store in plastic containers. And with out even working that hard you just helped with food waste.

When going to the grocery store, try not to go hungry. Buying food you really don't need, that ends in waste is not helping. Think if what you are buying is going to be eaten and not left for waste. Try to eat before you shop. This will help with better choices.

The problem with food waste is that the material when broken down turns to methane, a form of greenhouse gas. This gas is actually more harmful than co2. Why not toss your food scarps into your compost bin, where they
can be more beneficial.

I am sure there are more ways to cut back on food waste so let me know if you have a good tip.