May 15 2011

One billion tonnes of food wasted every year ?!?

According to a recent report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation approximately one third of the food produced globally, which is about 1.18 billion tonnes, goes to waste every year!

"Given the limited availability of natural resources it is more effective to reduce food losses than increase food production in order to feed a growing world population," the FAO said in the report released.

While food waste in developing countries is mainly being caused by a combination of crop failures and poor infastructure, the problem within Industrialised countries is caused from throwing perfectly edible food into the rubbish.

There are plenty of ways you can do your part to help fight this problem. Here's some tips to prevent food wastage:

  1. Don't buy more than what you need.
    You probably don't realise it but I bet if you kept a record of how much food your threw out in your home each week you would be astonished. Taking simple steps like creating a meal planner for home or monitoring your stock levels closely in the business can not only help prevent waste but could potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year.
  2. Shop more often.
    Bulk Buying with products that you use a lot of is a great way to save money. If you like to do one major weekly shop to catch the bargains, which is great for things like meat which can be frozen or canned goods which have a long shelf life, consider planning a couple quick stop in's during the week to pick up fresher produce which are more than likely to go to bad before being used.
  3. Freeze your leftovers.
    Freezing your leftovers in individual meal portions is a great way to prevent waste. Take a home cooked meal to work for lunch instead of buying a pie from the food van, or a great idea to keep for those nights where you can't be bothered cooking because you've had a busy day.
  4. Be creative.
    Ever have those days where you forgot you had extra vegetables in the fridge and cursing about throwing them away? Soups, Frittatas and Casseroles are great meal ideas that can make use of vegetables that might be slightly wilted or start to show imperfections like bruises.

For more information check out the Food and Agriculture Organisation website here.

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