There are numerous reasons that it’s bad to waste food. A recent study by the founder of CleanMetrics, Kumar Venkat, has found that on average Americans waste enough food to account for one and a half percent of total carbon emissions. It has been estimated that if people would alter their eating and shopping habits to eliminate food waste, the average family could save about six hundred dollars a year.
One of the many ways for you to begin reducing the amount of food that you waste is to try to get most of your protein from nonmeat sources, such as legumes, beans, and nuts. Meat, with beef being the worst offender, creates far more carbon emissions than either legumes or nuts. Consider adopting a vegetarian lifestyle at least part of the time or having “Meatless Mondays” to replace at least part of the meat proteins in your diet. Remember, every little bit that you change can help!
Another way you can begin to reduce the amount of food that you waste is to shop more often, buying less fresh ingredients at a time. That will help prevent foods like fresh fruits and vegetables from going bad before you have a chance to use them.
If you do have some produce that is about to go bad, bananas that are slightly mushy, for example, you blend it into a smoothie for a healthy snack. If you have a juicer, then juicing the produce that is about to go bad is another option.
If you do have food that goes bad, small or large scale composting can help prevent that food from actually going to waste. Not only can composting reduce the amount of food you waste, it can be beneficial in other ways. Compost can be used as a fertilizer to plant fresh fruits and vegetables for your own use.