Why Spoiled Leftovers Are Worse For The Environment Than Plastic

Letting stuff in the fridge go straight into the garbage is a big problem—but you can help solve it.

July 28, 2015
Food Activist Handbook
ILLUSTRATION BY BECCA STADTLANDER/THE BRIGHT GROUP INTERNATIONAL. USED WITH PERMISSION OF STOREY PUBLISHING.

In 2006, Ali Berlow founded Island Grown Initiative, a nonprofit on Martha’s Vineyard that helps people become food activists and take small steps toward healthier eating. Think neighborhood kitchens, school gardens, and community composting initiatives. In her newest book, The Food Activist Handbook, she guides readers through it all, step by step. But she also lays out how big of a problem food waste has become. Check out the numbers. They’re enough to inspire anyone to create a Zero-Waste Kitchen or, at the very least, start composting at home.

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Food Activist Handbook
GRAPHIC EXCERPTED FROM THE FOOD ACTIVIST HANDBOOK: BIG & SMALL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROVIDE FRESH, HEALTHY FOOD FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. (C) ALI BERLOW. CHARTS BY (C) BECCA STADTLANDER/THE BRIGHT GROUP INTERNATIONAL. USED WITH PERMISSION OF STOREY PUBLISHING.