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We're massive fans of growing your own fruit and vegetables here at 1 Million Women, but how do you use your produce safely in the kitchen and why is it a big deal?

Preparing and using food correctly not only means that you can have peace of mind that what's on your plate isn't making you sick, but also prevents excess food waste. Around 30% of food we buy is wasted at an estimated national cost of over $5 billion every year. Discarded food also produces methane as it rots in landfill, adding to the greenhouse gasses that speed up the process of global warming.

When organic waste is dumped in landfill, it undergoes anaerobic decomposition (because of the lack of oxygen) and generates methane. When released into the atmosphere, methane is 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
- Environment Victoria

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On top of the environmental benefits of using food more efficiently, your tastebuds will celebrate when they check out recipes such as these flavour-packed baked potato peel chips. Check out the 10 food scraps that you're throwing away that you can actually use!

Food waste has a whole lot to do with attitude. You could take the approach that because your bananas have some brown spots, or the onion has started sprouting in the cupboard, you'll throw them away. But why would you when you could mash up those bananas and make some banana pumpkin bread, or turn that onion into the perfect topping for these heavenly sweet potatoes?

Let us know your tips for storing, preparing and using up produce efficiently in the comments below!

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