waste reduction

Reusing Produce Scraps - for Chickens!

By Clem Nilan, Local Food Project Manager

Co-op shoppers are besotted with Besteyfield Farm’s eggs, purchasing over 8,000 dozens in 2014. Ben Butterfield is the proprietor of the 650 bird chicken farm located in the Intervale, our local treasured farming mecca just a quick walk from the Co-op. On a recent tour of his farm, Ben told Co-op staffers that his biggest challenge is the cost of chicken feed. Ben was able to reduce cost by obtaining spent grains from area brewers and his hens love it. This got us thinking. Why not use some of our “spent” produce that winds up in compost bins?

Ongoing New Year's Resolution: Waste Reduction

Why is it so hard to reform our food system?  Perhaps because so many different arms of the food industry need time and attention.  Take food waste, for example.  It’s neither glamorous nor obvious, but it is starting to become a leading actor in conversations about food system reform.  Why?  Because not only does food waste affect how we approach hunger, it also affects our land use patterns and climate change.

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