Food for Thought (and your soul)
From Dale Howey, Sustainable Living Team
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. — Chief Seattle
I grew up in a full house with six other siblings crammed into two tiny bedrooms. We had a very loving but stressed and stretched single mom, and we ate everything. Peas dumped into the spaghetti? No problem.
I like to think of the Earth as our single mom. She is tired and has a lot of mouths to feed. Our arms are constantly outstretched wanting all the goodies from the store, tossing the peas in the trash. Mom is not too happy with us. We need to eat the peas, too. The easiest step you can take today to combat climate change is to eat all of what you buy.
A 2014 Environmental Protection Agency study identified that Americans throw away more than 38 million tons of food per year into landfills. Another way of looking at that is that each day of the year, the United States could fill a college stadium with the food wasted that day. Approximately 43% of all food waste happens at home.
What are the costs? The United States spends 165 billion dollars per year to produce food that is never eaten, 20% of all methane emissions come from food dumped in landfills, and 25% of our freshwater is used to produce food that is wasted. Meanwhile, 43 million people in the United States live with food insecurity.
Want to do more about food waste? Visit https://www.epa.gov/ for tips about how to better manage personal food consumption. Topics include reducing wasted food at home, planning tips for shopping and buying wisely, prep tips for how to process fresh fruit and veggies so they do not deteriorate, and storage tips (have a freezer and use it!). Just type any of these topics into the search bar at EPA.gov and find loads of information.
Sometimes my cooking isn’t up to snuff and my girls curl their noses up, “Dad, what is that?” “That” (non-edibles) is sometimes going to happen despite our best efforts, but there is always the composter!
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