A Roundup of Food Waste Solutions
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Food waste is a pervasive issue that plagues every part of the supply chain. Consumers, companies, grocers, and growers can all do their part to reduce food waste, and in doing so, work to curtail the 40 percent of U.S. food that ends up in a landfill. The multifaceted solutions in the following articles, blog posts, and resources focus on reducing food waste from every angle. From transforming food scraps into delicious dishes to composting excess edibles, you can take a number of routes toward stemming the flow of food waste and fighting to make our food system more sustainable.
- Diverse Food Waste Solutions: This edition of Green Gazette covers ways to limit food waste at all stages of the supply chain.
- Save Money and Resources by Reducing Food Waste: Learn how to reduce your food waste, save money, and preserve precious resources by shopping wisely, eating leftovers, and more.
Reduce: Preventing Excess Food
- Buy Bulk Food to Save Money on Groceries: “Buying-club households usually waste less food because their cooking habits become grounded in a pantry mentality: Meal planning begins with the goods already stocked at home.”
Reuse: Recipes and Methods for Diverting Unused Food
- Put Extra Food Scraps to Good Use in Your Kitchen: Reduce food waste by trying these kitchen tips and recipes for leftovers and turn your food scraps into exciting new dishes.
- Reducing Food Waste Through Legislation: A new food waste ban in Massachusetts requires certain businesses and institutions to donate, compost or produce energy with their organic food waste.
- Turn Food Scraps Into Poultry Feed: Give your chickens additional nutrition by balancing their rations with food and garden waste.
- 10 Recipes for Preserving Fruit and Vegetable Scraps: Go beyond cooking with your produce scraps by learning to preserve them for later use.
- Boulder Brings New Idea to Food Distribution: Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America where nearly 34 million tons of food is wasted annually.
- Salt-Preserved Citrus Skins Recipe: Use this simple recipe for citrus skins once the fruit has been juiced. All you need is salt, citrus peels and time.
- Kitchen Scrap Sauerkraut Recipe: Try this clever way of using vegetable scraps to make a delicious ferment that will cut down on waste and treat your gut to some healthy probiotics.
- Zero-Waste Tomato Powder: Work to reduce kitchen and food waste by dehydrating tomato skins and using the powder to add aroma and flavor to savory dishes.
- Zero-Waste Peanut Pulp Crackers Recipe: Find out how to make use of what many would consider to be unusable kitchen scraps with this nutritious snack food recipe.
- Zero-Waste Carrot Powder Recipe: Read why this recipe’s creator holds the simple carrot in high esteem and makes such an effort to ensure no part of the root vegetable goes to waste.
- Fish Garum Recipe and a Note on Waste: Reduce food waste by creating your own fish sauce and get this seafood chef’s philosophy on food waste and sustainability.
Recycle: Composting Programs
- Dirt, Cheap: A Composting Business for the Community: A young Phoenix company has hit paydirt by recycling and reusing food waste to benefit consumers, businesses, the land — and the landfill.
- Global Initiative Helps Reduce Your ‘Foodprint’: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
- The Real Cost Of Food Waste: Learn about protections in place for those donating edible food, and things you can do in your own home to reduce food waste.
- Reduce Food Waste by Shopping Salvage Stores: Shop food-salvage stores to reduce corporate food waste and save money.
- 3 Ways to Reduce Food Waste: By planning, storing, and composting your food correctly, you can prevent waste.
- A Rind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Many factors can limit the ability to produce compost. These two products offer different but similarly practical ways to organically recycle food scraps.
- A Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits: A Resource for Schools: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Arkansas collaborated to create this guide for students and school personnel.
- Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Food Matters Action Kit: Informative resources and activities for youth of all ages.
- Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste: Seven steps for measuring food loss and waste within your business, city, state, or country.
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy: Prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food.
- Food Shift: A nonprofit focused on the recovery, redistribution, and processing of surplus food. Plus its kitchen provides training and jobs to individuals with barriers to employment.
- ReFED: A collaboration of 50-plus business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing food waste in the United States.
- ReFED’s Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste: A national economic study and action plan to reduce food waste at scale.
- Scraps: A Denver-based pedal-powered compost-pickup service.