October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Julian Shelby

County of San Diego

"Shop fresh often and reduce food waste by at least 80%."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 385 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    39
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    1
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    17
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    947
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    5
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    zero waste recipes
    cooked

Challenges

Planning

Date Labels Demystified

I will not toss food once it is past the best buy date. "Expiration" dates misleadingly refer to quality, not safety. Use your senses and best judgement.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Cooking

Revive Limpy Produce

Rescue limpy produce like leafy greens or carrots by soaking in an ice bath.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Food Systems

Stay Connected

Sign up for the San Diego Food System Alliance Newsletter to stay up to date on what's happening in the region

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One-Time Challenge

Food Systems

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farmers market to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those who produce my food in other regions of the world to make better choices when I shop.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Dumpster Diving Discovery

Watch this video and get a glimpse of what is actually getting thrown away in our trash cans and dumpsters.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Watch John Oliver Food Waste Episode

Watch a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver episode on the topic of food waste and learn about the scope and scale of the issue.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

Utilize beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems to make a delicious pesto, sauce, or dressing. I will try 2 root-to-leaf recipes.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Cooking

Repurpose Leftovers

Give leftovers a new life! For example, use leftover rice to make fried rice. I will try a recipe that repurposes leftovers 3 times.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Leafy Greens

Roll unwashed lettuce in a dry towel, then store in a sealed bag in the refrigerator. I will properly store 2 leafy greens.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Potatoes

Store potatoes with an apple to avoid early sprouting. Keep them away from onions and in a cool, dark place. I will properly store 3 potatoes.

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One-Time Challenge

Shopping

Shop More Often

Grocery shop more often, and buy fresh foods in smaller quantities.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Skip the Cart

Bigger carts make us feel like we need to fill them! Use a hand basket to improve grocery store discipline and prevent over-purchasing.

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Shopping

Shop with Recipes In Mind

Create a shopping list with specific recipes and meals in mind. Purchase only what's on the list when you do groceries.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Planning

Eat Me First

I will create an "Eat Me First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away.

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Planning

Fridge Inventory

I will keep a fridge inventory to stay up to date with what I have in my fridge before I go grocery shopping.

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Planning

Eat the Leftovers

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat 5 meals using leftovers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food Waste Tracking

Food Waste Tracking

Ready. Set. Record!

For each day during the food waste tracking week, record your food waste. This action accepts one entry per day, so be sure to enter one total for food waste across all of your meals, or weigh all of your food waste once at the end of each day. Please use ounces for unit of measurement.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Planning Date Labels Demystified
    What is your first reaction when you see an item that is past its "Best By" date? Where do you think this reaction comes from?

    Julian Shelby 1/22/2020 8:28 PM
    depending on what it is, I ask myself how long past the date. A grocery store near that is now closed to rebuild, sold items past the date at a discounted price. I frequented that area. Perhaps due to my European wife of two decades.