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Innovations to Combat Food Waste

By Larraine Roulston : As people discard food in small amounts, most would claim that they waste very little; however, that perception usually doesn’t match reality as found in a recent survey by the University of Alberta. Its waste audits from participating residents revealed that food waste on average was much higher than individuals had …

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New Changes to Sell-By Dates on Packaged Food

By Fredrica Syren: Some much needed changes are coming to packaged foods sold in grocery stores. Two major influential trade groups in the food industry, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, are lobbying for changes to 10 different food labels that include “sell by” to “use by,” …

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Expired Food: What Is Ok to Eat and What Is Not

By Fredrica Syren: When you know that almost 800 million people around the globe do not get enough to eat, and that poor nutrition kills 3.5 million children each year, it’s frustrating that about 40 percent of all food grown for humans around the world is wasted — as in thrown away. It is …

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Things to Do with Overripe Bananas

By Fredrica Syren, aka Green mom: I for one do not shy away from brown and overripe bananas. While average consumers turn up their noses at brown spotty bananas at the grocery store, I do a little happy dance. Overripe bananas are great and should never be thrown away because …

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Reduce Food Waste—Let Your Fridge Go Bare

By Fredrica Syren:  I used to love having my fridge and pantry fully stocked because it gave me so many options for cooking and we would eat well … or at least that’s what I thought. The truth is that there were days when I looked in the fridge and found “nothing to eat,” so instead we would go out to eat or I would even make another …

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Reduce Food Waste — Fridge Google

By Fredrica Syren: Ok, so how many times have you had a few different vegetables and other food items in the fridge, but you still stood there scratching your head because you didn’t know what to cook? And then, you either went shopping for more food to make a complete …

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Dumpster Divers Get Legal Protection

By Kim Robson:  The very serious topic of food waste has been covered here on Green-Mom many times, from the Inglorious Foods campaign in France, to the Hidden Harvest movement in California, to the Food Waste Challenge in New York City. Wasted food is a worldwide problem, and the global population is expected only to grow, adding to the challenge of global …

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Tips for Leftover Thanksgiving Food–Avoid Food Waste

By Larraine Roulston: Thanksgiving — a holiday celebration when tables are graced with a bountiful harvest. At the end of the long weekend holiday, most likely there will be plenty of leftover food from those turkey and vegetarian dinners with all the trimmings — a perfect time to utilize casserole …

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Freezing and Storing Fruits and Vegetables

By Fredrica Syren We might not feel it yet, but fall is approaching and the one thing I miss the most during the colder months is the variety of fresh organic produce from either my own garden or a farmers market. Since my family has committed to eating local as …

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Bokashi Composting—From Scraps to Fertilizer

By Fredrica Syren: For years we have composted with a worm bin in our backyard, and the little wigglers would feast on our scraps and turn them into powerful nutrients for our garden. A few months ago, while interviewing Farbror Grön for an article about his roof top farm, he …

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