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Do Something Healthy: Waste Not

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Permalink

Leftovers Container Collection, image courtesy of ConanTheLibrarian's flickr stream

Have you ever looked in your refrigerator and found last week’s leftovers?  That spaghetti you made (which now has grown a nice beard of green and white) wound up buried under the take out from three nights ago, shoved behind the milk jug, and obscured by the vegetables you bought for today’s meal.

Have you been making enough food for four (or even eight) at your table, when you’re really only two?

Can you finish a loaf of sliced bread by yourself in a week?  Chances are, if you live alone the answer is probably “no.”

Do you buy a box of cereal, eat half, then forget about it and buy a new box of cereal?  Do you find the first box of cereal two months later, when it’s so dry and stale that the only thing you’d feed it to is your garbage can?

There are so many different times throughout the lives of our groceries that we end up wasting food.  Now this isn’t a finger-pointing session.  The truth is that these types of scenarios could be true with any of us.  Whole Living, a division of Martha Stewart, has provided a great list of 12 ways to prevent food waste.  All it takes is one read and you can easily learn how to make small changes that will positively affect your families, wallets, and the community of local growers that may live in your area.  For the list, click here.

(For more from ConanTheLibrarian’s flickr stream, click here.)

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