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Delicious ways to reduce food waste


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How what you eat demands more water than you think it does

California’s crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, such as replacing grass lawns and minding how long you leave the tap water running. But what about the food on your plate? Agriculture uses 80% of California’s water supply, and producing what you eat can require a surprising amount of water. The number next to the plate below represents the direct and indirect amount of water required to produce your food plate, based on U.S. data from the Water Footprint Network. Food items are assumed as fresh (unfrozen) and do not include the footprint for cooking (when applicable)

http://graphics.latimes.com/food-water-footprint/

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THE $5 BILLION BATTLE FOR THE AMERICAN DINNER PLATE

Investors in startups like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated are wagering hundreds of millions of dollars on the idea that dinnertime is just too hard to manage. As meal-kit startups spring up like so many mushrooms, Fast Company investigates the boxed-meal phenomenon and how it will change the way we eat.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3046685/most-creative-people/the-5-billion-battle-for-the-american-dinner-plate


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How One Of D.C.’s Worst Heroin Markets Became A Sustainable Food Source

Thirteen years ago, Marvin Gaye Park was a mess.

The park sits in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7, just east of the Anacostia River. The community is overwhelmingly poor and non-white, and suffers some of the worst rates of crime, unemployment and social breakdown in the city. The park itself had succumbed to disuse. One of the worst PCP and heroin markets in the city had cropped up nearby.

So Lincoln Heights residents and Washington Parks and People — an urban park organization in D.C. — jointly decided to step in.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/18/3474352/urban-gardens-transforming-communities/ 


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6 FOODS THAT WORK BETTER IN PAIRS

People say you are what you eat, but really, you are what your body can absorb from what you eat. Choosing the most nutrient-dense foods is a good start—but if you truly want to take your health kick to the next level, you should know how to eat strategically to increase the bioavailability and absorption rates of the nutrients in your foods. Here, Kerry Bajaj, a nutrition specialist at Dr. Frank Lipman’s Be Well Practice, tells us how to do just that, serving up key food pairings that allow you to get the most bang for your nutritional buck.

http://www.elle.com/life-love/news/a26829/foods-that-work-better-in-pairs/