Monday, March 8, 2010

Food Waste and The Environment

By Jesse Allaria

Food waste makes up for 12 percent of our garbage, and it is a direct contributor to green house gas production, it is very expensive to transport, and it is very easy to manage it at home with simple changes of habits.

As mentioned before, cooking less and learning to eat left-overs, are very simple to achieve. But when there is an excess in food that wont get eaten for whatever reason, composting it might be the answer. The reality is that we can compost anywhere and almost anything. kitchen scraps are great for creating rich useful compost for the garden.

There are many ways to compost kitchen products, some of them don't include meat or grease. Anyone who is interested in composting would study the different practices and choose the one that makes more sense for them. Along with kitchen scraps other decomposing products like milk, may accelerate the composting process, and one may add unused paper and cardboard to the practice.

Home composting does not only applies to food, but one can add autumn leafs and other litter like pet waste and other materials. If a home owner is practicing pet waste composting the compost product will be great for flower garden fertilizers, but not for vegetable and edible plants.

Compost product is a great soil conditioner and it should be use in combination with the existent soil. It is good practice to turn the soil every season around the plants to let oxygenation, water and fertilizers go deep in the plants roots and soil.

Learning to eat better, and introducing more vegetables and fruits to the table, also helps with the disposal of it's waste, should there be any waste. Vegetable and fruit scraps have a higher decomposition rate than oil, grease and meats. And changing our food habits may help lowering some related health problems issues, that affect parts of the population.

A consideration of food shortages in other parts of the world should be a number one reason to stop our food wasting habits, hunger around the world is not something of a laughing matter. Buy only what would be eaten, and taking out of our grocery shopping list the products that are not being consumed, is a priority for most of us. This practice will not only help reducing food waste, but it will lower the food cost per family and contribute to better health overall.

Composting, better eating habits, better food shopping habits is the answer to food waste stopage, and beneficial to health problems. Grow something as well, it will not only benefit your health, but will provide you with a better knowledge of survival and nature.

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