Food waste is a big problem in our society. It is bad for the society and an insult to the millions of people who barely have enough for a meal.
So what can we probably do to reduce good waste? Well here are a few tips:
1. Reducing food waste starts with planning. Most people head to the store and buy a bunch of food without knowing what they’re going to do with it. That’s the food that’s going to wilt in your fridge and end up in the garbage. But when you have a plan—like, tomorrow is taco night—then you shop with a purpose, and you’re more likely to use what you buy.
2. If you buy too much, don’t be afraid of the freezer. Milk, bread, vegetables, leftovers — it can all be frozen to be used again.
3. Knowing how to reinvent leftovers is key to keeping good food out of the garbage. It’s fun to get creative with your meals.
4. Try to find a way to use every part of a vegetable. You can use carrot greens a little like parsley—chop them up and they add a nice vegetal note to a salad. Beet greens and stems are good to eat, too. This is how our grandparents cooked, using up everything. Food was valued, not something to be discarded lightly.
5. The scraps you don’t use can be separated out for composting. This way they can make healthier soil to grow more food instead of filling up landfills. Food waste is the single biggest source of waste in landfills, where it churns out methane, a greenhouse gas that’s even more potent than carbon dioxide.
Stopping food waste starts at home. We have a great opportunity to fix this problem. If we reduce food waste by 15%, we could save enough food to feed countries.