The farmers at Cabot work hard every day to produce healthy, delicious food. In a perfect world, none of it would go to waste! Unfortunately, even when the most sustainable farming practices are in place, if food goes uneaten, it’s wasted.While food is wasted everyday, millions go hungry. Take steps to reduce food waste in your home. #sustainability Click To Tweet
Food waste is a problem in itself, but it’s compounded by the fact that a large portion of the world’s population lacks the resources to put adequate food on the table. In other words, some people are wasting food and others don’t have enough food to eat.
The good news is there are things everyone can do to reduce food waste!
Here are a few suggestions:
- Teach kids about sustainable eating. Cabot has partnered with Green Education Foundation to create Wonder Wheel – Food For Healthy Kids and a Healthy World. It’s a three-part lesson plan to teach middle-schoolers about sustainability and gives them easy ways to make changes at school and home. Learn more about this program here!
- Take your recycling a step further. If you aren’t already recycling, now is a great time to start! If you are, you probably know that there are many common plastic containers (like yogurt and hummus tubs) that aren’t accepted by many community recycling programs. Preserve has partnered with companies like Stonyfield, Whole Foods & Plum Organics to create the Gimme 5 program. This program allows you to drop off #5 recyclable containers at participating locations (or mail them in) so that they can be returned to Preserve and recycled and turned into things like toothbrushes and razors! Learn more here. Purchase online now and use code ‘CABOT35‘ at checkout to receive 35% off your entire order!
- Start composting. Turn your food scraps into compost, which you can then turn around and use to fertilize your garden! There are lots of compost bins available for you to purchase, find some here: or you could make your own!
- Be smart with your groceries. Use the “first in, first out” system to make sure you’re using the oldest items first and try buying in bulk so you can purchase exactly the amount you need without any leftover to waste. This is a great way to buy a small amount of a new food you’ve been wanting to try.
Following these simple tips can help you dramatically reduce the amount of food waste you produce.
Here are some easy recipes to help reduce food waste. Look for recipes that allow you to repurpose leftovers or use up leftover fruits and veggies at the end of the week.
If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,200 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.