When Earth Day was launched in 1970, the focus was on raising awareness of our ailing environment. We still filled our mammoth-sized cars with leaded gasoline, and collectively fretted over air and water pollution. In many ways, today’s Earth Day is more complex. Modern concerns swirl around climate change, ocean acidification, and we have a new lexicon that includes terms like sustainability, low carbon diet and clean energy. Yesterday’s food co-op is today’s CSA.
Food waste wasn’t on our 1970s radar either, but we feel strongly it should be part of this year’s Earth Day. It’s not simply the fact that close to 40 percent of the food produced in America is not consumed. When we squander food, we also waste precious resources like the water and fuel required to produce it.
With that in mind, we tapped food waste expert, Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, and asked him to arm us with five tips we can use right now to change our habits and show the Earth a little love. The following five photos summarize his advice.
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