Climate change is a huge concern for us all, and food waste is a huge contributor to climate change. Perfectly good food gets wasted at each stage of the food production cycle, including in our own homes.
As a volunteer for the Food Recovery Network, Aaron Umen is passionate about reducing food waste. He shares 4 tips for reducing food waste in your home.
- Eat a wider variety of foods. So many people eat the same basic ingredients in all of their meals, which leads to a lack of diversity in farming and an over-reliance on certain foods.
- Eat in-season foods. We are not meant to have access to every type of fruit and vegetable all year round. Out-of-season foods have to be imported from far away, which causes increased food waste and fuel usage.
- Cut back on meat consumption. You don’t have to go fully vegetarian if you don’t want to, but meat production contributes a lot more to climate change than eating plants does. Experiment in the kitchen with plant-based sources of protein!
- Be more conscious about leftovers. How often do you let leftovers go to waste in your fridge? Consider meal prepping freezer-friendly meals and making more of an effort to use your food before it expires.
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