• Food For Better Health,  Pasta,  Political Food Policies,  Recipes

    How To Battle Food Waste At Home

    Food waste is the #1 item thrown away in the United States! A family of four, on average, spends $1,800 each year on food that is thrown away, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Fruits and vegetables are the TOP TWO items thrown away. I could go on and on with statistics, but I would rather focus on Barilla’s efforts to reduce food waste and support sustainability. Barilla’s Center for Food and Nutrition Established in 1877, Barilla is an Italian food company distributing pasta, sauces, and other products to over 100 countries worldwide. Exemplifying diversity in food production, Barilla offers pasta for different types of dietary needs. High Protein…

  • Growing Food,  Political Food Policies

    7 Ideas to Reduce Food Waste

    As a food enthusiasts, it breaks my heart to know food goes to waste.  According to Feeding America, a non-profit organization aimed at ending hunger, an estimated 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed. More food reaches our landfills than plastic, paper or any other type of solid waste; and the food filling our landfills produce so much methane gas, it has 21 times the global warming potential than carbon dioxide.  An estimated 70 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States each year. Food Waste is an Epidemic   What is food waste? Be leery of which statistics you…

  • Container Gardening,  Growing Food

    Composting at Home

    To decrease our carbon footprint, home cooks should consider home composting. Benefits to home composting include not only reducing your carbon footprint, but also growing a better home vegetable garden.  Composting is the process of controlling the decomposition of organic matter by providing the proper environment for the process to take place. Devices can be purchased to start your composting project, such as this metal container with holes in the top to allow the material to breath during the decomposition process. These are relatively inexpensive, but not necessary.  A good compose pit can be just a loose pile or old pallets stacked in a square.  Just allow 1 cubic yard…