World Environmental Day (WED) is coming up on June 5, 2013. This year's Think*Eat*Save theme encourages action against food waste, and food loss. If you haven't visited the UNEP website yet, with it's wealth of ideas for combating food waste, I suggest you visit today! With so many ways to meet this Think*Eat*Save challenge, there is something for everyone. Check out some of our favorite ideas below, then leave us a comment on how YOU can eliminate food waste and food loss in your own home or community.
"It takes only a few simple steps to easily green your daily routine and make good eco behavior into a habit!" - UNEP
Ideas for Eliminating Food Waste: Come up with a weekly Meal Plan - Deciding ahead of time what you will eat for the week saves food from spoiling before you have the chance to use it. For example, if you're planning to make Guacamole with your Sat. meal, you'll likely purchase firm avocados at the beginning of the week, so they'll be ripe in time for Sat.'s meal, but NOT before. Meal plans save time, money and waste. Here is an example meal plan from our house.
Other Tips to help you Think*Eat*Save:
- * Involve the whole family when creating this weekly meal plan. If there are children in your home, they will more likely eat, and thereby not waste food when they have the opportunity to join in the meal planning.
- * Compost the leftover food scraps. Check out these articles on composting from Tree Hugger. And watch this short video clip that explains it all:
- * Choose your food wisely. Most of us choose what foods to eat for the sake of our own health. Some of us additionally take into account global health. We may choose Organic foods for example for our personal health, the health of the farmers who grow the food & the land used to grow the food on. Still others take additional issues into consideration such as purchasing local foods to help local economy & refrain from contributing to greenhouse gas emissions from foods being shipped from across the world.
- * Spread the word. Whether by teaching the children in your home, talking with friends, posting a blog article or utilizing social media - Help share the Anti-Food waste message. This message has implcations for all of us!
"Think before you eat and help save our environment!" - UNEP
Looking for the recipe's we used when creating this delicious meals? Stay tuned! We'll be posting them & linking back to this meal plan for your future reference.
One of our contributions to World Environment Day will be posting weekly meal plans & recipe's for our readers each Sunday. We hope to inspire you to create meal plans in your homes & Think*Eat*Save.
Check out these related Organic Times articles on Sustainable Food Systems: