FOOD & FOOD WASTE

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

 

ONE: SAVE MONEY BY BUYING   ONLY WHAT YOU WILL EAT

 

Food waste is the #3 contributor to global greenhouse gases.

 

If you buy only what you'll eat, you'll save money, and there won't be any more science projects in the back of your refrigerator!

 

If you typically don't finish leftovers, try preparing less food to begin with. Buying only the food you really need for a meal, a day, or a week will save you money and reduce waste. 

And try Imperfect Foods: fresh, often organic, and often cheaper than grocery store prices. You decide what you want and place your order, and the food is delivered right to your door. Their motto? "If food can be saved, we'll save it." Perfect!

TWO: EAT A PLANT-RICH DIET

 

If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

 

Changing your diet is both a personal and a cultural decision. If you don't want to give up meat entirely, consider eating more vegetables anyway, and just a little less meat.

Plant-rich diets also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart conditions.

 

Try a "Meatless Monday", and buy meat that is raised humanely & sustainably.

 

THREE: SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES, FROM THE FARMERS TO THE MARKETS TO THE REST OF YOUR COMMUNITY

Food connects us and sustains us in so many ways.

 

When we buy food that was grown and produced in our region, we're supporting our local economy. "Buying local" increases the financial security of our farmers by creating a consistent market for their products. It means our food traveled a shorter distance to our plates. It's fresher, the transportation costs are reduced, not to mention the greenhouse gas emissions from shipping it across continent, or flying it in from another country.

 

Everyone can buy local, including those receiving CalFresh benefits. To learn more, visit CalFresh Market Match. 

 

Still have food you won't use? 

The SF Marin Food Bank accepts donations of non-perishable and unexpired food items. Cropmobster   is an online community-based exchange system for trading within the food and agricultural community. 

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