Reduce Food Waste with These 4 Easy Steps
By: Meenu Johnkutty
1. Plan before you shop
Making a list before you hit the grocery store will help you not only save money but eat healthier. Base your list on a number of meals you’ll actually eat at home. If you’re planning to eat out with your friends or buy food at a restaurant, buy less food for the week.
2. Store your fruits and vegetables properly.
Once you come home from the grocery store, find time to wash, chop, slice and store those fruits and veggies for easy access. Make sure that your fruits aren’t near each other. Keeping your fruits in different containers will prevent spoiled food from accelerating the ripening of other nearby fruits and veggies. This is due in part to a gas released by fruits called ethylene, which promotes ripening.
Composting is quite easy. It’ll also reduce the amount of food that’s dumped in landfills. Less food waste in landfills equals less methane released into the atmosphere. The perfect compost has an equal mixture of “browns” and “greens” and water. Brown matter consists of material like twigs, dead leaves, and branches. Green matter consists of vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds. To top it off, water allows the compost to develop properly. If you have a mix of both of these colors and a sufficient amount of water, you’ll have the perfect compost ready within two to five weeks.
4. Donate to your food pantry.
Starvation isn’t something that’s limited to third world countries. There are hungry people everywhere and your unused food items can benefit these people tremendously. Find your local food pantry and donate your leftover food items so that you can make a difference! Use sites like http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/ to find your nearest food bank so that you can start donating today!
Composting At Home SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction Reducing Wasted Food At Home