Thinking About Food Waste
I've always hesitated in starting a Worm Farm in my kitchen.
Not because of any ickiness factor but because honestly I don't have alot of food waste. I live alone and usually eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2-3 large ones. On Sunday mornings, I tend to cook large, and partition the results up in several smaller meals which I take into work. Once a week I'll make a salad, which given the difficulties in making one for just a single person, I make two which I give to one of my co-workers pays me a few dollars weach week for his salad.
The few times a month I do buy a meal, I'll always try and eat it all even if I feel like I'd done, just to not waste any.
I came across this article.
"Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound (422 grams) per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study Wednesday. The amount of land used annually to grow food that ends up in the garbage in the United States is 30 million acres, or seven percent of total US cropland. Some 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water gets wasted, too, said the report in the journal PLOS ONE."
One thing we should be teaching new green wizards is how to eat nutriously and healthy. This means cooking for themselves and using more locally grown or self grown ingrediants.
And that includes learning to cook the appropriate portions so less goes to waste.
I will admit to one problem I have, that is planting too much in the garden. By Summer's end I often have alot of eatable produce (mostly tomatos) still on the vine.
That of course brings up the skill of preserving and storing your harvest for the Winter. Another topic that new green wizards should learn.
Thoughts on either subject?