That moldy container of…something…at the back of the fridge. The milk that went south. The oversized salad that got soggy. June 5 is World Environment Day and the theme this year - with a focus on eliminating food waste – is Think. Eat. Save.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted.
From growing produce and raising livestock (whether you do it yourself or trust a farmer to do it) to delivery and preparing meals, the effort, expense, and resources that go into putting food on the table is enormous. It seems a shame to send all that hard work to the compost pile or the chickens, doesn’t it?
Keeping our “just one change” attitude in mind, consider implementing one of these ideas into your kitchen in celebration of World Environment Day:
- Start a container for “Memory Lane Soup.”
- If you don’t already, learn to make a simple chicken stock with that leftover carcass.
- Stash your overripe bananas in the freezer for making banana bread.
- Remember that the greens on your root vegetables are edible, too.
- Salvage funky milk by turning it into ricotta cheese.
What’s the biggest challenge in your kitchen when it comes to food waste?