Food and the Environment

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5 Practical Tips to Reduce Food Waste

— By Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food waste is a significant concern, with an estimated one-third of all food produced in the United States ending up in landfills. That’s 33% of the food produced! In the United States, food is plentiful, but many people lack financial resources and this […]

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Hooked On Health: Food Safety Tips for Ice Fishing Season

 — By Kayla Parsons, RDN, PhD Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Ask any avid fisherman about their favorite winter activity and you’re guaranteed to hear, “There’s nothing like spending a day out on the ice.” Ice fishing can be an active and rewarding way to embrace Maine’s chilly weather, not to mention the proud […]

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7 Ways to Support Local Food Pantries

— Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food pantries and community organizations play a role in improving the food and nutrition security of Mainers. Donating to these organizations through individual and group efforts is a way to help make a positive impact in the areas where you live. Before you donate or […]

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Fiddleheads and Food Safety

— By Kathy Savoie, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Fiddleheads—you either love them or don’t want them anywhere near your plate! My family loves them, so we’ve had many spring adventures along riverbanks, streams, and brooks during early May in pursuit of these delicacies. Like all enthusiasts, I can’t reveal my secret place. […]

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How to Plan Your Garden for Canning and Preserving

— By Kate McCarty, Food Systems Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Planting a Preserving Garden Early spring is a great time to plan your garden for the upcoming season. This year, plan to grow a little extra so you can preserve fresh vegetables for later use. Plan ahead and plant vegetables that are easy […]

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Cutting Costs on Food Using the Unit Price Label

This blog post is a part of our “Ask EFNEP” series where members of UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) answer questions they are asked when delivering food and nutrition programs. This question was answered by Brenda Bracy and is part two of a two part series going over how to […]

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Saving Money on Food for the New Year

This blog post is the second of our “Ask EFNEP” series where members of UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) answer questions they are asked when delivering food and nutrition programs. This question was answered by Brenda Bracy. Brenda has worked with EFNEP in Cumberland County for the past 25 years. […]

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Reducing Your Foodprint in the New Year

As we prepare to start a fresh, new year, consider how your food choices can make a positive impact on your foodprint and the world we live in. What is a Foodprint? A “foodprint” is the sum of all impacts our food intake has on the environment, animals, and people. It takes many resources to […]

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Reducing Your Foodprint: Back to School Lunches

What is a Foodprint? A “foodprint” is the sum of all the resources that are used to produce our food, as well as the impacts our food systems have on the environment, animal welfare, farmers, and other workers within food systems, the local economy, and public health. Five Tips to Reduce Your Lunch Foodprint Reducing […]

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