REDUCING WASTE: HOW YOU CAN HELP
Developed countries are resposible for most of the food left uneaten on grocery-store shelves, on restaurant plates, and in home refrigerators.
Here are some tips to reduce your waste foodprint.
Small changes in the kitchen can reduce the amount of food your household throws out.
• Use FoodKeeper or other apps for food-expiration reminders.
• Switch to smaller dishes to control portions. The standard plate is 36 percent larger than it was 50 years ago.
• Eat leftovers on a regular night each week.
• Give uneaten food a second chance. Freeze or can extras. Blend bruised fruit into smoothies.
• Try not to waste water-intensive foods like meat.
Make careful decisions about what and how much you buy at the grocery store.
• Shop at stores that offer misshapen food at a discount.
• Purchase prepared meals at the deli or salad bar, which allows supermarkets to make use of imperfect produce.
• Buy frozen foods, which suffer fewer losses from farm to shelf.
• Shop often. Start with a large trip and then make smaller follow-ups to buy a few days’ worth of produce at a time.
• Buy fresh food at local farmers markets.
Americans spend about as much at restaurants as they do at grocery stores.
• Skip the cafeteria tray. Diners who use trays waste 32 percent more than those who carry their plates in their hands.
• Take home leftovers.
• Share side dishes to keep portions under control.
• Ask the waiter to hold extras such as bread and butter you don’t plan to eat.
• Encourage restaurants and caterers to donate leftovers.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Businesses, schools, nonprofits, and governments can all find ways to dump less food.
• Bring back home economics classes to teach cooking, canning, and storage basics.
• Get your school to join the USDA Food Waste Challenge.
• Ask your local government for a curbside food-scrap collection service like that provided in roughly 200 U.S. communities.
• Share the bounty of your home garden with your community through ampleharvest.org.