What can the average person do about food waste?

Grow Your Own

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Raised-bed garden // Photo via Wikipedia

The further removed a person is from the food system, the easier it is for them to believe in the illusion of abundance and not appreciate the gravity of how food appears on their plate. To culture food with your own hands shouldn’t be considered an inconvenience, rather a testament to your independence. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Grow something and preserve it for the winter. The more you grow, the less is wasted on your behalf.

(Even if you live in an apartment in the middle of the city, you can still grow things. Stay tuned to the April edition of The Growler for more on that.)

Make a shopping list. Plan your meals. Eat a little less meat and a few more plants—and don’t worry so much about how they look. Grow something, then can or pickle it. Such are the small conceits that can add up to huge changes.

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John Garland is the Deputy Editor at the Growler Magazine. Find him on twitter (@johnpgarland) or in every coffee shop on West 7th Street.

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