- Feed others. With so many hungry people in the world, it’s a shame to throw away perfectly usable food. We might not be able to transport our leftovers to Africa, but we regularly scan our pantry for shelf-stable items we are unlikely to eat and donate them to our local food pantry. Our local animal shelter also is in routine need of peanut butter for dogs and lettuce for rabbits.
- Compost. Agriculture contributes to global warming via land clearing and fossil fuel-based fertilizers, but also when produce is left to rot in landfills, where it generates methane – a potent greenhouse gas. Composting is free, and it helps. You can check to see if your town has a municipal composting facility. Our fruit and vegetable scraps – along with coffee grinds and eggshells – go back into our backyard garden.
What are your favorite tips for wasting less food? Please share!
Sarene Marshall is a Senior Advisor for The Nature Conservancy. Opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.
Photo by Flickr user Island Vittles; Used under a Creative Commons license