Delicious ways to reduce food waste

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These worms have a special power that could help fix our plastic problems

Every year, the world makes 21 million tons of polystyrene, the kind of plastic found in styrofoam cups, take out containers, CD cases, and packing peanuts.

Most of that ends up in landfills, in waterways, and on the streets — and stays there. Styrofoam isn’t biodegradable, meaning that it can’t be broken down or decomposed by bacteria or other organisms the way other trash can.



The Environmental Costs of Throwing our Food Away

When you throw food away, you may give passing thought to those who suffer from hunger, whether in developing nations or in your own community. You may also think about the money you squandered on that uneaten yogurt or the mushy head of lettuce that sat wilting in your crisper. But do you think about the environmental costs of letting that food go to waste? Sure, you may give yourself a pat on the back for using the green bin, diverting your organic residuals from landfill — but what about the resources that went into getting that food to your plate in the first place? What about the environmental consequences of throwing it away, green bin or not?

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Food waste: From farm to fork and landfill

“Food waste at consumer level in industrialized countries (222 million tons) is almost as high as the total net food production in Sub Saharan Africa (230 tons). At least one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to 1.3 billion tons per year.”

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The cafe that feeds Leeds with waste – video

Chef Adam Smith serves up food deemed past its best. His Pay As You Feel Cafe in Leeds offers delicious meals made from ingredients discarded by the city’s various food establishments. It might be steak, soup – or just a cup of tea. Not only does it save perfectly good food from ending up in landfill, this inspiring little cafe (temporarily closed for refurbishment but opening again soon) is also helping to feed locals in need.

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Growing Gourmet Mushrooms From Coffee Grounds

Here’s a company with a very noble goal: keep coffee grounds out of landfills and use them to grow gourmet mushrooms. GroCycle, the UK’s first urban mushroom farm, is a social enterprise focused on social and environmental good, rather than profit.