Reducing Food Waste

We all switch off the lights after leaving the room, close the water spout while brushing our teeth or washing the dishes, and turn down our car engines when we pit stop. We do all of this to avoid over-utilizing important resources. Why don’t we treat food in the same manner?

What if wasting food means wasting all of these?

We should all consider the importance of this issue. Unfortunately, our day-to-day routine stands as an obstacle in our conceptualization of the hazard of global food waste.

Indeed, this threat is alarming!

 

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jbloom via Foter.com /CC BY

 

Did you know that 1 out of 4 calories intended to be consumed is never actually eaten?

 

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m01229 via Foter.com / CC BY

 

Food waste has severe environmental, moral, and economic effects. Food waste occurs during the stages of production, processing, retailing, and consumption. If we stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit would be equivalent to taking 1 out of 4 cars off the road.

 

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Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down and produces methane; which is 21 times more potent than CO2. (Every 1 ton of wasted food => 3.8 tons of gas). Food products are almost handled 33 times before it is ever touched by the consumer in the supermarket. Hence, the loss of food items starts from the pre-distribution phases (harvesting, irrigating, transporting, packing, or handling). Therefore, every person dealing with food–from the resource to the consumer–should bear responsibility of the environment and its sustainability.

 

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North Devon Council via Foter.com / CC BY

 

Easy tips to reduce food waste

  • Clean your plates. So, we should all follow some simple tips that will make you an effective individual in the battle against food waste.
  • Shop smart. Plan your grocery list; only buy things you tend to use before they expire. Buy exactly what you need.
  • Practice FIFO: I learned this while working in hotels, where the F&B staff gets trained on how to use items in the fridge or storage. First In First Out.
  • Make a use-it-up meal. Each week prepare a meal which is done by utilizing your leftovers and creating a meal out of them.
  • Store your cereal/crackers/ chips in airtight containers so they last longer and you won’t have to throw them out.
  • Expiration dates don’t always mean the item in no longer edible. It is only the manufacturer’s suggestion. Store your goodies wisely and I promise they will last longer.

As we come to an end, start with yourself and don’t ever wait for others to make the change, adopt the pattern of “Save the Food” and educate other people about the concept; it is not being stingy, wasting food is a global tragedy!!!

 

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USDAgov via Foter.com / CC BY

 

Wasting food wastes everything, it wastes water, labor, fuel, money, and above all LOVE.

Read the below article on how can people make a difference through initiative and collaboration.

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Our chefs at ChefXChange  will always be ready to enlighten you with new thoughts about enjoying every aspect of food and reducing waste.