Forty percent of food produced in the United States goes to waste and with simple planning and meal preparation consumers can help prevent the amount of food that’s thrown away.
Syracuse University’s Center for Sustainable Community Solutions said waste prevention at home is key. Proper food storage and utilization is one strategy towards become waste free. SU- CSCS program manager, Lisa Ruggero, suggested visiting the website https://savethefood.com/ to learn about the different storage techniques for each food item.
In addition to properly storing your perishable produce, consumers can freeze, dry, pickle or preserve food. Another option is storing a compost bin underneath the sink to collect scraps that can later be buried in the back yard.
When food is wasted it creates a ripple effect that goes beyond being a negative impact for the environment. SU-CSCS program coordinator Jesse Kearns said, “we’re not just wasting those nutritional opportunities but we’re wasting all the land space, all the fertilizers, all the energy just all the time that went into that, so much more.”
SU-CSCS is teaming up with Farm to Fork 101 and Lofo to coordinate a zero waste, farm-to table dinner that will pair Syracuse chefs with local farms to create a five-course meal from gleaned produce.
Attendees will learn simple strategies to waste less food at home, save money, and become positive forces for change in their communities.
That dinner is sold out but Farm to Fork 101 has two more events planned for Central New Yorkers to enjoy.
On November 11th, at Eden, 118 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, there is a Wood Fire Community Dinner planned from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $65.
On December 9th, at Mano Kitchen & Bar, 344 South Warren Street, Syracuse, enjoy a Holiday Community Dinner from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $60.
For more information on or to purchase tickets visit https://www.farmtofork101.com/dinners.