Reducing Food Waste at Home – 5 Simple Steps

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Reducing food waste is important in our society. When you throw away food, you’re wasting money that could be used to feed people. You are also contributing to more unnecessary waste.

However, there are ways to start reducing food waste without having to go into a food bank. For example, some of your fresh fruits and vegetables go bad before they ever reach the store. Some of them rot and must be discarded. There are other ways to save on food waste too.

An Overview

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The way that you cook your meal is important too. Don’t use microwaves or stoves. These methods of cooking make it more likely for food items to go bad. Also, if you happen to make a mess while chopping onions, do yourself a favor and clean it up. The less dirt you leave behind, the easier it will be for the grateful fruits and vegetables to find their way to a food bank. By reducing food waste you are also increasing your eco-friendly impact.

There are many ways to begin reducing food waste at home. One way is to buy food from a local farmer’s market. This ensures that you are eating foods that are grown locally. Farmers markets are a great place to get organic produce that’s not contaminated with herbicides or pesticides. Plus, by buying food directly from the farmer, you can avoid paying more at the checkout counter than you would at a grocery store.

Reducing Food Waste At Home

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Another good way to start reducing food waste is to have an automated irrigation system in place at your home or office. The simple timers on most of these devices can tell the production from the consumption. This way, you only throw away food waste that is actually necessary for you to eat. These systems work by diverting water that would normally have been used for toilets or bathing rooms, into a holding tank where it is used to feed the plants in your yard. By creating a smaller footprint, less water is wasted and we are doing our part to reducing food production in this country.

A third way to reduce food waste at home is to cook meals that contain both edible and non-edible materials. Many people mistakenly believe that they need to discard all of their scraps right away when they throw out leftovers. However, leftovers contain valuable nutrients such as vitamins and carbohydrates that can be used by other food producers in their gardens, and they do not need to be thrown away.

Your fourth way to reduce food waste is to contact your local or state government and see if you can obtain a food donation tax deduction. Most food donations are exempt from this tax because they fall under the category of “food products”. Many states require food donation tax deductions and these deductions can amount to significant savings for households. Food banks can also help you determine which tax filers may be able to qualify for food donations in your area.

In The End

Lastly, another way to reduce food waste is to join your local, national, and global community in order to recycle. Recycling programs are becoming more widespread and many cities and municipalities are embracing this trend by providing public parks with free tables or other free public amenities for residents who choose to recycle their paper products. Even grocery store loyalty cards offer discounts on certain purchases if the card holder also recycles. It is not uncommon for major credit card companies to sponsor recycling programs in neighborhoods so you should check with your credit card company to learn about the programs offered with their credit cards.

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