Making It Grow Minute

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Amanda McNulty of Clemson University’s Extension Service and host of ETV’s six-time Emmy Award-winning show, Making It Grow, offers gardening tips and techniques.

Archive: Making It Grow Podcasts, January 2011 - September 2014

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Feeding the   worms in your compost bin with fruits and vegetables you bought but never used doesn’t completely exonerate you from being part of the problem of food waste in America, but it does reduce infrastructure costs.  Transportation, handling expenses, and taking up limited space results in a cost of $60 per ton for discarded food when it ends up in landfills.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The cost of sending a ton of food to a landfill in South Carolina averages $66; the methane which landfills emit is twenty-five percent more potent in enhancing the greenhouse effect carbon dioxide is. Clemson’s Food Safety and Nutrition Team came to Making It Grow recently with some ideas on how to reduce the twenty percent of landfill space that is devoted to receiving discarded food. Education is one way to reduce food waste.

Food: Use It All!

Jul 13, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. My pressure cooker is one of my favorite tools. When we de-bone chicken, the carcass goes in the pot along with the leftover pieces of vegetables that have been hiding out in the back of the refrigerator bins. Presto, no pun intended, we have chicken broth.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.  Including all sources --institutional, commercial and residential-- food that’s thrown away is the largest component of what goes to landfills, responsible for at least twenty percent.  You might think that’s just wasteful but actually there are disposal costs.  From the standpoint of air quality and climate change, that food becomes a large factor in the emission of the greenhouse gas methane.

Consumer Food Waste

Jul 10, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Clemson’s Food Safety and Nutrition people not only try to keep us from getting sick from eating improperly stored, cooked, or served food; they also want us to stop wasting food. In 2015, South Carolina recorded six hundred seven thousand tons of food as being wasted. On the national scale, thirty to forty percent of what is grown and processed is wasted and has a value of one hundred sixty billion dollars each year.

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