There are several advantages of reducing food waste. Consider how much food is wasted, and how much money should be saved on food for all. With that said, there are many compelling explanations why food waste should be reduced.
Households in the United Kingdom saved £6.5 billion over the course of five years by reducing food waste. In addition, food waste disposal charges were avoided, saving £86 million. The reasoning is straightforward: consuming less food means saving more money.
3.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases were avoided per year in the UK over the same 5-year cycle (2007-2012). To put that in context, that’s the equivalent of getting 1.4 million vehicles off the road for a year. During this time, a large amount of greenhouse gases did not make it into our atmosphere.
Energy and Resource Conservation
In addition to eliminating emissions caused by wasting food, the process also saves a lot of electricity and money. Many of the processes that go into growing vegetables, processing, transporting, and selling food use energy and money.
When there is less demand for food, less resources are required to produce it. And, by using less materials and electricity, more is saved for future generations. Here are few easy things you can do to reconnect with food and what it represents:
Adopt a Healthy Diet
It may be difficult to prepare balanced meals in today’s fast-paced world, but healthier meals don’t have to be complicated. There are several simple and nutritious recipes on the internet that you can share with your family and friends.
Buy only What You Need
Make a menu plan. Stop panic purchases by making a grocery list and sticking to it. You will not only waste less food, but you will also save money!
Store Food Wisely
Older products should go in the front of the cupboard or refrigerator, and newer products should go in the rear. To keep open food fresh in the freezer, use airtight containers and close packages to prevent insects from getting in.
Support Local Food Producers
By purchasing organic food, you are supporting local family farms and small businesses. You also contribute to emissions reduction by reducing truck and other vehicle transport distances.