Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Buying local can help reduce food waste

The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that of all the food grown in the United States, up to 40 percent is lost getting it from the farm to our fork. Michigan State University Extension offers some steps consumers can take at home to reduce food waste.

Follow the three Rs of recycling: reduce, reuse and recycle (compost). Reduce waste by buying only what is necessary; buying locally reduces the number of phases some fresh foods go through.

Another option is to purchase only what your family can consume in a reasonable time or by the food’s expiration date. Buying in bulk can save you money, but not if you wind up throwing half of it away because it spoiled before you could use it.

Reuse scraps by making stocks and soups. Plan in advance how to use or preserve leftovers.
Developing food waste reduction habits and composting
can reduce food waste,  save money, conserve resources
and produce a valuable soil additive for your garden.


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