One Earth, One Home, One Table
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light Joins with the EPA for Food Steward’s Pledge for Communities of Faith
The Food Steward’s Pledge is part of an ongoing effort to engage with the faith community and raise awareness on the importance of a changing climate.
Faith communities understand the need to care for the well-being of all people and responsible stewardship of our resources for both current and future generations. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that about 14.3 percent of households in the United States did not have regular access to enough food in New Mexico it is nearly 1 in 4 persons. The United Nations Environment Program estimates that the 870 million undernourished people worldwide could be fed by wasted food.
In 2013, 35 million tons of food waste was thrown into landfills or incinerators. When excess food, leftover food, and food scraps are disposed of in a landfill, they decompose and become a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 25 times the global warming potential of carbon pollution. Much of the food that is discarded in landfills is actually safe, wholesome food that can be used to feed vulnerable populations.
Many Faith Communities are already reducing wasted food and feeding people as part of their overall stewardship mission. Take the Food Steward’s Pledge and commit to reduce wasted food and hunger. Simple guides and resources to address this issue and recognition for your success can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/faith-organizations-and-epas-food-recovery-challenge-frc.
Simple guides and resources to address this issue and recognition for your success can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/sustainablemanagement-food/faith-organizations-andepas-food-recovery-challenge-frc
Download the Flyer: Food Stewardship short program august 2016
One Table, One Earth, One Home Food Steward Pledge
GET SMART: TAKE THE CHALLENGE KEEP GOOD FOOD FROM GOING TO WASTE
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
Did you know that in 2013 Americans threw 35 million tons of food into landfills and incinerators? Research shows that nearly everyone wastes more than they think they do. The Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge will help you figure out how much food is really going to waste in your home and what you can do to waste less. By making small shifts in how you shop for, prepare, and store food, you can save time and money, and keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste!
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
You only need a few basic tools to get started, which include 1) a pen/pencil, 2) paper or printed worksheets, 3) small garbage bags, and 4) a small scale (optional).
Download the entire Challenge Form here: The challenge form
For more information on sustainable management of food, please visit http://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food
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