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12 Ways To Minimize Spoiling Food

I remember the old days when I was a beginner student of macrobiotics and traditional chinese medicine. One of the first thoughts we were taught was what they call “the one-grain-ten-thousand-grains” spirit. They assess that nobody should spoil even one rice grain from his or her plate, as that grain could have been a plant in place of food, in which case it could have generated a large amount of rice by itself to feed many people. That´s why nobody has the right to throw away food. However the amount of food thrown away on a daily basis is nothing short than alarming. In this article. Dr. Mercola digs deep on the topic, and brings some useful advices to protect our budget, our environment, and our consciousness.

By Dr. Mercola

Each year, American households throw away $640 worth of food apiece, typically because they buy too much or fail to eat the leftovers.1 The survey, conducted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), revealed that three-quarters of Americans throw away food once a month while half do so once a week…

Most of those polled (79 percent) were concerned with the amount of money wasted by throwing away food, while half said they felt bad tossing food when others worldwide are hungry.

A much less pressing concern were the environmental impacts, which concerned just 15 percent of respondents. However, food waste is the biggest collective “item” in US landfills. To keep up with so much waste, some cities have even started composting programs to help keep it out of the garbage stream.2

And ACC’s survey poses just one estimate of food waste. A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food a year, which amounts to up to $2,200 per household.3

Many Americans succumb to grocery store marketing tactics that encourage impulse buys and larger purchases, yet when they bring such perishables home find they end up spoiling before being eaten. The tips below, from TIME, can help you to make your food last longer so, ultimately, you waste less.4

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