Episode 008: How to Reduce Food Waste
In the U.S., we waste 40% of our food, costing $218 billion dollars a year. At the same time, food insecurity rates are at an all-time high, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the USDA, 30 million adults and 12 million children may not always have access to the food they need. In this episode, I’m talking with Urvashi Rangan, PhD, an environmental health scientist, toxicologist, and investigator, and Chief Science Advisor to the Grace Communications Foundation about the drivers of food waste in the U.S., COVID-19’s impact and lessons learned, and how solving for food waste can improve food insecurity rates. We also talk about how to reduce food waste at home, how to cook sustainably, as well as composting, upcycled foods, and more. New episodes post on Tuesday. Subscribe today so you never miss the latest news and practical insight for raising healthy families and creating change in the U.S. Be sure to sign up for the free video course, Turn Your Picky Eaters Into Little Foodies: https://www.julierevelant.com/free-video-email-course/. Welcome 2:34 What’s the difference between food waste and food loss? 4:20 What are the reasons for food waste and food loss? 10:44 Twenty-nine million adults are struggling with food insecurity. In what ways can reducing food waste decrease food insecurity? 13:04 At the beginning of the pandemic, what were the issues the U.S. faced at every level when it came to the supply chain? 21:29 Did the supply chain issues contribute to food waste? 25:37 In the beginning, high rates of meat plant workers were getting COVID-19—has this been solved? 29:08 Have our shopping habits during COVID-19 affected rates of food waste? How can we reduce food waste at home? 33:16 What does cooking sustainability mean and what are tips for families? 37:34 How can composting be really easy for people? 43:16 How can you reduce food waste with herbs and zesting? 45:53 For parents feeding babies and young children, what are some ways for them to reduce food waste? 49:45 What are upcycled foods? 51:46 Where can listeners go to get more information about these food issues? LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW FoodPrint.org FoodPrint’s Seasonal Food Guide ReFED.com Walden Local ABOUT OUR SPONSOR The Dinner Daily is a one-of-a-kind, weekly, personalized dinner planning service that makes getting dinner on the table every night easy and affordable for busy families. Founded by a working mom of 3, The Dinner Daily answers the “what’s for dinner” question, helps families eat healthy, and save money and time. Members receive complete meal plans and an organized grocery shopping list customized according to their food preferences, dietary needs, family size, and weekly specials at more than 16,000 grocery stores across the U.S. to help them save money. Meal plans can be customized for gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, heart-healthy, and more. The service also provides one-click ordering at Kroger stores nationwide and select Stop & Shop stores in the Northeast. The Dinner Daily has been featured in Rachael Ray Every Day and Working Mother magazines. Memberships are as low as $4/a month and new members get a free, 2-week trial. Go to TheDinnerDaily.com and use code “HEALTH15” to receive 15% off.