The Upcycled Food Movement Is Making a Major Impact in Reducing Food Waste—Here's How to Get Started
Aside from the usual cans, plastics, and paper, recycling can go way beyond your typical packaging materials. Take your recycling game up a level by upcycling food to help combat climate change and reduce food waste. According to the Upcycled Food Association, "upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, and have a positive impact on the environment." This is an incredibly important initiative, as a staggering 6 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions come from food loss and waste, most of which is contributed by consumers themselves.
The Upcycled Food Association notes that upcycled foods are made from ingredients that would otherwise have ended up in a food waste destination. Currently, food wasted in our present food systems represents almost $1 trillion in losses globally each year. However, with a few simple lifestyle modifications, you can easily incorporate upcycling food into your daily routine. The impact is highly promising: Supporting upcycling practices has the potential to reduce up to 70 billion tons of greenhouse gases generated by food loss and waste. Here are five ways to join the movement—and help save the planet along the way.