The News & Observer published a great article yesterday with a challenge to all of us: Waste less food in the New Year. We all do it, even though many of us don't mean to be wasteful. But, in a country where food is easy to come by, plates are overflowing and there are no penalties for wasting it, it's no wonder that millions of dollars worth of food ends up in landfills each year. Collectively, we waste enough food to sustain the majority of the world's hungry. It's a sad, sad shame ... but it's a trend we can reverse with a little effort.
There are some very simple things you can do to waste less food in 2011. The bonus: Wasting less food will also help you waste less money. In fact, many of the tips in Andrea Weigl's article are centered on organization and don't cost a thing: Be a thoughtful buyer, keep a tidy refrigerator, get creative with your leftovers ... (read more here).
Further reading: "The Year in Food" GOOD magazine
Here are a few more tips for you from GOOD magazine to help you learn to waste less, along with some additional insight into why wasting food is something to avoid:
Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.