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Want to take your commitment to local foods to the next level? Look no further than your own trash can or compost bin. While many people think of food scraps—such as carrot tops, onion bottoms, and the tips of romaine hearts or pineapples—as waste (or future fertilizer), these items can be enjoyed all over again.

Reduce waste, save money, and build self-sufficiency with this handy guide to growing real food from scraps.

Caged egg-laying chickens for Costco

In 2007, Costco — the second-largest grocery retailer in the USA — made a public commitment to eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its supply chain. Eight years later, you would think things would have changed for the better. But they haven’t.

The egg cartons sold at Costco portray happy hens in green fields. But a recent undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States at a Costco egg supplier, which is also an Eggland’s Best LLC franchise, found:

  • Chickens crammed into tiny cages, with each bird living on less space than an iPad for their entire lives.
  • Egg-laying hens living in cages with decaying corpses of their dead cage-mates.

Does this sound like progress to you?