Monday, February 02, 2009

Reducing your food waste

Food Waste Reduction Challenge - February 2009

I'm a conformer, sort of. I'm joining in on Crunchy Chicken's food waste reduction challenge. I know, with our picky eaters, and our disdain for leftovers, we waste quite a bit of food. Which just sucks when you take into consideration the waste of time, money, and energy that goes along with throwing away food.

  • time and energy for growing, processing, packaging
  • money and energy for transporting
  • time working to earn money to buy groceries
  • time and energy spent buying groceries
  • money spent buying groceries
  • time and energy spent preparing food
  • money wasted when it is not eaten

According to Crunchy:

A University of Arizona study showed that 40 to 50% of U.S. edible food never gets eaten. That's $100 billion worth of edible food discarded every year in the U.S.

That's alot of waste. So, we've joined in. The challenge is to shop wisely, cook wisely, waste less for the month of February (and hopefully, beyond). It started yesterday with Operation Clean Sweep, the cleaning out of the fridge. Tossed out for this week

  • 1 cup of gravy
  • 2 wilted looking peaches
  • 1 squishy cucumber
  • 1 serving of week old green beans
  • cheese dip stuck to the bottom of a bowl that I'm not completely sure should have been saved in the first place.
  • a ziploc bag of pizza rolls that I was deluding myself into thinking someone would actually eat

I did throw the banana that was just about to pass it's prime into my cereal bowl this morning, and plan on munching on the soon to be brown lettuce for lunch.

Join in. Save the world.... your friend, Moonbeam. :op

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