Think Before You Dump That Food

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 4, 2012 · 0 comments

According to a new statistics from the UN Food and Argiculture Organization, roughly one-third of the world’s food supply is lost or wasted. At a time when land, water and energy resources needed to feed a global population of 6.9 billion are increasingly limited, this loss is staggering.

In developed countries, like the US, food waste is often readily accepted. Throwing away imperfect produce on farms, discarding overstocked items in restaurants, purchasing and cooking too much food at home, are all examples of food waste that can be reduced.

Your family can’t single handedly prevent global food waste but each individual can help a little. Simply being aware of the problem is a first step.
• Don’t over buy large quantities of food simply because the price is right. Often these large amounts are never eaten and much goes in the trash.
• Compost food trash for use in the garden or donate to municipal programs where available.
• Don’t cook large amounts of food and throw away what isn’t eaten. Think about using leftovers to create another meal or as a lunch option.
• Store foods properly to prevent spoilage.
For more information on planet-friendly eating, take a look at one of our books: The Healthy Wholefoods Counter, Pocket Books.

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