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How To Eat Less Water Podcast

Florencia Ramirez

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EASY FIXES TO REDUCE FOOD LOSS IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR

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Episode Summary Imagine you just went shopping at the grocery store or farmer's market. You bought enough food to fill three shopping bags. You place the shopping bags in the grocery cart. You walk toward your car and on the way take one of those bags, the one that has the most perishable things, and throw it into the trash can. This is not too far from the truth. The only thing that is off is the timing. Because what really occurs is we take that third grocery bag, unpack the contents into our refrigerator, forget about it until it's gone bad, then place it into the trash. The average person throws away a third of their food. This total is based on the following statistic: 1/3 (1.3 billion tons) of food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. The way it translates for the individual family of four is about $1,800 worth of food is thrown out. So in one decade, a family throws away $18,000 of food. It's easy for us to measure it in terms of $$ and tons. But we also throw out the water, soil, and energy with all that food. When we talk about food waste, we have a tendency to think about it as food loss that happens someplace else, like at the farm, grocery store, restaurant, or schools. But as it turns out, 43% of all food waste happens in our kitchens. And specifically in our refrigerator. I read somewhere that a refrigerator is a place where food goes to die. It is a sad way to put it, but it's not far from the truth. Today and tomorrow mark the end of World Water Week. A great way to celebrate is in the refrigerator; starting with the implementation of systems designed to tackle food loss (remember those six slices of bread you just threw out are about 66 gallons of water). In this latest podcast episode, I share some simple tips I implement in my refrigerator to reduce food waste. Links and resources: Download FREE the TEN TIPS to EAT LESS WATER SUMMER PARTY PLANNING GUIDE for all the tips, steps, and info on how to celebrate like a kitchen activist with your friends and family. Find gifts designed to serve well-being at the Eat Less Water Shop. Get a copy of the EAT LESS WATER book Celebrate summer with DRY FARM WINE. They curate delicious, low-sugar, organic wine from biodynamic farms around the globe. Learn more in my podcast episode HOW TO BUY YOUR NEXT BOTTLE OF WINE. Sign up with this link to receive an extra bottle for one penny with your first order! Make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on future episodes released every Monday and (water) Wednesday.

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