This week I’m going to continue sharing the answers to the food waste questions I posed to my friends and family to show different perspectives other than mine on the issue. Last week’s questions focused on what the participants believed the term food waste to be and their opinions on whether have a food waste problem in the U.S. The next two questions focus on whether the individuals think about their own food waste:
Q3: Do you consciously think about how much food (moldy, expired, food scraps, etc.) you throw away?
Clearly, there’s a lot going on here! Many of these answers hit on points that many of us can relate to: the lack of time to plan or go grocery shopping, preferring convenience, diet issues, budgeting and money, and lacking knowledge about how long food really lasts. We live in a system that doesn’t really lend itself to reducing waste, and addressing these issues takes adjusting other parts of our lives rather than trying to fit them into our current lifestyles. Which leads me to my next question!
Q4: Have you ever composted or set aside food that you throw away to visually see how much you toss? Would you consider doing an experiment like this?
Once again, this group of responses was great! Composting is the best way to discard food because it can be used in your garden eventually. For those of you who lack yards, look into Mr. Fox composting, indoor composting, or find a neighbor who composts or create a neighborhood compost pile (yay community!) Here are some great composting resources:
For this weeks food challenge try to monitor how much food you throw away. This includes scraps, expired goods, leftovers, moldy food, etc. Set it aside in a bin or baggy if you don’t compost. You’ll be amazed at what you see! Come back next week for the answers to questions 5 and 6. Until then-
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Food For Thought…
- "In my view, homeland security derives from having enough potatoes."
- - Barbara Kingsolver,
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