It’s something we have all been guilty of one time or another. Whether it was the first time we figured out we didn’t like the taste of an ingredient, or because the avocado we cut 3 days ago started to get a little bit too brown. Food waste is often warranted. Sometimes tossing a piece of old fish in the trash just needs to be done. But, there are also plenty of occasions where the food we tossed could have been saved if we were a little more prepared.
So, why are people wasting food?
In a study that looks at household food waste in the United States, it was found that practices in the home are the cause of about 43% of food waste. This means that the solution will be riding on what we do as individuals. There may be a learning curve but the good news is what we need to do will be good for ourselves, our pockets, our community, and the environment.
How to reduce waste in your life
Confusion about food quality
Personal food-related routines or learned behavior ex. not eating leftovers
Food quantity and portions
Preparation is the key to success. It’s not always obvious why we may throw away food. Keeping a journal can help provide some insight. Check out our downloadable worksheet below. The question is not how do we end food waste but how do we make sustainability so ingrained in our cooking and consumption of food that the amount of food we are wasting is almost unavoidable? How do we reduce our waste to the bare minimum? How do we exhaust every part of our produce and ingredients? This is where we come in. Stick with us as we figure out the answers to all of these questions through science, creativity, and community.
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