Fri November 23, 2012
Earth Calendar for November 23rd and November 24th
On November 15th, annual America Recycles Day, the Environmental Protection Agency renewed its commitment to helping Americans reduce wasted food by working with grocers, universities, stadiums and other venues through its Sustainable Materials Management Food Recovery Challenge.
According to EPA estimates, food is now the single largest type of waste going to our municipal landfills and incinerators – more than 33 million tons of food ends up in landfills or are combusted each year. When food is discarded in landfills, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food, an average of 20 pounds per person a month. Much of this wasted food is actually surplus, wholesome and edible food that could have helped those in need. Recycling not only helps us conserve our resources and protect our environment – it also helps us save money by cutting back on purchasing needs and waste disposal efforts. Through the Sustainable Materials Management Food Recovery Challenge, participants are encouraged to make smarter, more sustainable food management choices. The EPA’s goal is to limit food waste – the single largest type of waste entering our landfills and incinerators – and ensure that excess food goes toward feeding our families, not filling our wastebaskets. Everyone can help reduce food w aste by limiting food purchases to what they are able to eat, and finishing leftovers before buying more food. In addition, freezing or preserving produce before it goes bad, donating canned or other untouched, safe food to those in need, and composting food scraps can reduce wasted food. More information on reducing food waste at the EPA's website.
On Our Calendar: Families & adults follow a beautiful, luminaria-lit trail on a leisurely self-guided walk through the California Woods Nature Preserve. Decorate holiday cookies, make crafts and enjoy acoustic Celtic music provided by Ceol Mhor, December 7th, 8:00 pm. Reservations requested by December 1st. Register at: www.cincinnatiparks.com.