The American Farm Bureau Federation has launched its new “No Taste for Waste” campaign to raise awareness of food waste. The campaign focuses on farmers’ practices for reducing food waste, such as donating their excess fruits and vegetables to food banks and pantries and finding ways to use produce that isn’t aesthetically appealing enough for stores.
According to the campaign’s website, food waste is the number one contributor to landfill waste, making up about 21 percent of landfill waste annually. Nonprofit ReFED has estimated that about 10 million tons of food gets wasted at farms every year.
The “No Taste for Waste:” campaign offers resources like food waste statistics, meals planning tools, and ways to replace ingredients in cooking to reduce waste. It will also sell a publication called “Waste Less, Save Money!” in grocery stores.
“The No Taste for Waste initiative is meant to raise awareness about the issue of food waste and unite all of us — farmers and families — in making changes to reduce it,” says the campaign’s website. “By working together, we can all become more mindful of the food we eat, the food we toss and find ways to limit waste.”
Reduce Food Waste At Home
Looking to do your part and reduce the amount of food you waste at home? Here are some creative ideas for reusing your kitchen scraps from cooking.
Grow Fruits and Veggies from Scraps!
You can try growing your own produce with stems, seeds, bulbs, or pits of many fruits and veggies after you’ve used them for cooking. After you’ve cooked a meal, do some research to find out how to grow another!
Make Your Own Vegetable Stock!
You can use inedible parts of food like rinds, peels, and skins to make your own homemade vegetable stock! Save up your scraps over time to make a delicious base for soups and stews. You can also make an amazing veggie broth!
Use Scraps as Homemade Beauty Products!
Believe it or not, a number of fruit and veggie scraps can have amazing effects on your skin. Coffee grounds are an amazing exfoliant, and banana peels can help improve your skin’s appearance.
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