Get on board with Waste Not Wednesdays!

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A new food waste-fighting initiative from the James Beard Foundation aims to help and support home cooks and culinary professionals. The Waste Not campaign launches today and aims to help everyone adopt small changes in the kitchen-and shows how these small changes lead to big impacts in the fight against food waste.

Using the hashtag #WasteNotWednesday, the James Beard Foundation and their chefs will be posting tips, tools, and easy recipes for reducing food waste. Home cooks can share how they are taking steps to reduce food waste and they can post their waste-avoiding culinary creations with the same hashtag.

There's also a handy Waste Not cookbook full of ideas and easy eco-cooking tips plus recipes from leading chefs including Rick Bayless, Ashley Christensen, and Tiffany Derry. Culinary professionals can take online workshops on creating a 'full-use' kitchen (think: whole-ingredient cooking!) as well as training programs that promote sustainable advocacy in the food world.

If every American made just one change, once a week, to combat food waste, we could help keep more than 7.8 millions tons of food from getting discarded and, in turn, help feed almost 13 billion meals to people in need. Reducing food waste not only helps fight hunger and preserve the environment, it can also mean major cost savings; the average American household throws out an estimated $1,500 worth of food annually.

Feeling inspired? Here are five of our favorite ways to fight food waste:

1. Watch "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste": Learn why you should care about what happens to the food we don't end up eat, and what we can all do about it.

2. Learn How to Shop Your Fridge: Sometimes what you need may be hiding in the back! Here's how an organized fridge can help you keep track of what you've stocked and save it from going bad.

3. Download Google's "Your Plan, Your Planet" App: Of course, there's an app for that. This one helps you track your food reduction efforts at home has interactive features so you can learn more about combatting food waste.

​4. Buy Ugly Produce and Upcycled Foods: From crooked carrots to granola made from juice pulp, we're all about going unconventional when food shopping if it means conserving more.

5. Save: See how our food editors use food scraps in the test kitchen!

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