FROM ROOT TO STALK

In her most recent article for Food52, co-editor Kate shares her favorite ways to use up onion skins (check out those pakora-fried onion rings, above).

In celebration of Loam's monthlong May Day festivities—because every day is a good day to give thanks for the farmers who sustain us—we're revisiting a few of our favorite root-to-stalk recipes for cultivating a waste-free kitchen and encouraging conscious eating. We can all agree: food waste is RIDICULOUS. But of the many environmental ailments, it's one of the easiest to solve. From the ugly fruit and veg purveyors at Imperfect to the crew at Dig In Farm, the community of food waste fighters is shaking up the system. We love it.

Ready to join in the movement to reduce food waste and grow sustainable agriculture? Hell yeah you are! Below, five ways to get into the root-to-stalk flow.

TAKE THE CLOSED-LOOP COOKING CHALLENGE

One week. No waste. The adventure begins here.

CLEAN UP YOUR (KITCHEN) ACT

These four strategies for reducing waste in the kitchen won't just lessen your carbon footprint; it will make life a lot neater.

GET EXPERIMENTAL

Food waste is a big fight to fight. But we can work our way toward sustainable solutions by getting creative in our own lives. Try a new recipe. Test out a little kitchen compost operation. Have fun with it in the faith that finding what inspires you will enable you to link up to others who are advocating for positive change.

JOIN A CSA

The spiritual diet will change your life. Because food shouldn't be dirt cheap. And a CSA is one of the sweetest ways to challenge a system predicated on environmental exploitation and egregious waste.

SUPPORT FOOD WASTE INITIATIVES

Give your money or time or passionate energy to a food waste cause you care about. Maybe that means joining your community food recovery group. Maybe that means campaigning for Food and Water Watch. Whatever it is, commit yourself to creating change.