Earth Day is that this week (April 22) and I usually take this chance to speak concerning the influence of meals waste on the planet and its local weather.

Nervousness about local weather change has by no means been increased. And but, we shoppers are sometimes informed that our particular person efforts—whether or not that’s putting in power environment friendly mild bulbs or driving hybrid automobiles and even giving up meat—won’t ever add as much as sufficient influence to make an actual  distinction. For that, we want the form of system-wide impacts that may solely be achieved with public coverage change. 

However decreasing meals waste is a spot the place particular person shoppers can have a extremely massive influence—as a result of most meals waste happens on the shopper degree. When it comes to decreasing greenhouse gasses and slowing world warming, decreasing meals waste could also be one of many largest lever now we have as shoppers.

I do know that lots of the individuals listening to this podcast are decreasing their consumption of animal merchandise primarily based on the idea that it will scale back the environmental influence of their weight loss plan or meals selections. And that is an space of some controversy. 

Many animal agriculture advocates level out that the strategies used to measure environmental influence of meals are usually not all the time evaluating apples to apples (or apples to animals), and that the environmental influence of the processing concerned in creating extremely processed plant-based options shouldn’t be all the time taken into consideration by these comparisons.

However whether or not we’re shopping for beef burgers or Unimaginable burgers, if we find yourself throwing meals away, we’re losing that power and people sources and incurring these environmental prices for no profit.

On this episode, registered dietitian Rosanne Rust joins me to speak about how we are able to all scale back meals waste.

Rosanne is an internationally acknowledged diet professional and communicator and a prolific author, with 8 books and counting. Her newest is Zero Waste Cooking for Dummies—however do not let the title idiot you. Though it’s definitely accessible and approachable (identical to Rosanne), there may be nothing dumbed down about this e-book. It’s an amazingly complete and wide-ranging effort, weaving all the things from agricultural practices to dietary elements, time administration, and finances issues into this bigger toptic of decreasing meals waste!

Click on on the audio participant to listen to my dialog with Rosanne, wherein we focus on:

  • Lowering meals waste shouldn’t be essentially about giving up all processed meals or animal meals, however making one of the best use of no matter meals you select to incorporate in your weight loss plan.
  • The function of stock management: understanding what you’ve got acquired readily available and its shelf-life and making meal selections primarily based on that.
  • The function of meal planning and buying lists when life so often does not go in response to plan. How can we roll with the punches and nonetheless decrease meals waste?
  • Utilizing leftovers—whether or not from meals we make at house or “doggie luggage” from eating places

You should purchase Zero Waste Cooking for Dummies on Amazon,, or wherever you store for books. Take a look at Rosanne’s weblog at (And that’s additionally her deal with on most social media channels as properly.)