Why should we avoid wastage of food? It’s a huge problem, and it affects all of us.
Respect Food is our way of highlighting the importance of not wasting food. From the severe effects it has on the environment, to how it can deepen the hole in our pockets, food waste is everyone’s problem. Our products go further than making your life easier – they make it easier for everyone else too. Reducing food waste helps the planet too, from the air to the land, to everyone on it.
See these three reasons why we need to stop food waste.
1. Many people don’t have food to eat
With millions of people being underfed and malnourished around the world, it is imperative that we make the most of the food we have. Each person in Europe and North America wastes more food than their own body weight per year, which only shows how big of a problem it really is. Food waste in developed countries is roughly equivalent to all the food produced by developing countries. Just the food wasted in Europe alone would be enough to feed 200million starving people.
2. Climate change and ecosystems
Wasted food would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide if it were a country. With 3.3billion tons of carbon dioxide produced, food waste has a big impact on the world climate. With more food being wasted, landfills continue to inch higher and higher, attracting wildlife of all sorts and putting delicate ecosystems out of balance. Seafood waste being thrown back into the ocean is also having a detrimental impact on sea life and their natural balance
3. Our pockets
Climate change isn’t just bad for the planet. Food prices are expected to rise by up to 84% by 2050 solely because of how climate change will affect production. It’s also leading to a massive amount of money wasted already, with each household in the UK alone throwing away approximately £470 worth of perfectly edible food. Food waste as a whole amounts to $1trillion lost.
So keep these facts and other food waste tips and tricks in mind next time you are about to throw your food away. Every little bit of food saved helps, and it can make more of a difference than you may think.
Reducing food loss and waste is essential in a world where millions of people go hungry every day . When we reduce waste, we respect that food is not a given for the millions of people go hungry every day. It’s up to us to change our habits to make not wasting food a way of life!
Here are some easy action tips for reducing food waste:
Sharing is caring
Donate food that would otherwise be wasted. For example, Apps can connect neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
Buy only what you need
Plan your meals. Make a shopping list and stick to it, and avoid impulse buys. Not only will you waste less food, you’ll also save money!
Pick ugly fruit and vegetables
Don’t judge food by its appearance! Oddly-shaped or bruised fruits and vegetables are often thrown away because they don’t meet arbitrary cosmetic standards. Don’t worry – they taste the same! Use mature fruit for smoothies, juices and desserts.
Love your leftovers
If you don’t eat everything you make, freeze it for later or use the leftovers as an ingredient in another meal.
Put your food waste to use
Instead of throwing away your food scraps, compost them. This way you are giving nutrients back to the soil and reducing your carbon footprint.
Food connects us all. Re-connect with food by knowing the process that goes into making it. Read about food production and get to know your farmers.