You know the kind of guilt you feel when you don’t recycle your water bottle or leave the lights on. So that might lead you to think that one person can’t possibly make a dent in those millions and billions figures, but you would be wrong.
1. Source Local Sustainable Food
One major way to help prevent food waste is to eat from local growers who practice sustainable agriculture. What this means is these farmers use methods that conserve energy, reduce chemical exposure and nurture their growing fields for continued reuse. These practices do not yield large crop amounts and are generally distributed at local farmer’s markets or local grocers and the health and environmental benefits are astounding.
2. Plan Food Purchases
In addition to purchasing sustainable food you can do your part to prevent food waste by planning out your grocery trips. If you know ahead of time what you plan to cook chances are you will not have extra ingredients laying around that will rot without any plans to cook them.
3. Use Your Own Judgement
Finally, learn what the different expiration dates mean like “sell by” and “use by.” If your cheese sprouts a spot of mold it is perfectly fine to cut it off and eat the rest of the block. You can also judge a lot by the smell, texture and coloration of the product. Just because the product has reached this magic date doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not safe to eat.
It’s up to each and every individual to pitch in if we are ever going to fix this problem so be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.