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How to Grow an Avocado Plant


Next time you make guacamole, think twice before you toss that avocado pit. It’s a seed after all, which you can use to grow an entirely new avocado plant. It will help reduce your food waste, and when it fruits, you’ll be able to boast that your guac didn’t cost any food miles.

Here’s how it’s done:


Growing food from food scraps is easy, economical and great for the environment. Here are ideas for more vegetables you can grow from food scraps.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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