11 May 2016 Food waste
Have you ever heard about Food Waste and Food Lost? Both of them refer to throwing away food. Below you will find a brief detailed explanation about its differences, and some interesting tips you can use to reduce the problem.
Food waste is mainly related to developed countries. And it is based on throwing the food to the trash. It can either be because the expiration date is over, the food is unshaped (has a bad appearance, and it is no desirable for the consumer), it stayed too long in the fridge, or it was left over.
Whereas food lost is more related to poor countries and it occurs mostly during the production process. This way food is discarted for its unusability. Causes can be given for meteorology issues or plague infections.
Frighteningly, it is considered that half of the food produced is integrity throwed away. Indeed, in the european countries it is thrown away 90kg of food waste and 190kg of food lost per person every year. Isn’t it insane?
Now, what can you do to help with the situation? Following up you will find some tips that you can use to reduce food waste at the shopping and consumption time.
TIPS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE
1. Shop smart and be realistic. Plan your meals and buy only what you need. For instance, if you have to prepare a recipe with 2 potatoes, buy only those, not 4.
2. Choose unshapen fruits and vegetables. Remember that tons of food with unconventional appareance are thrown away for the retailers.
3. At the time of cooking, be aware of the quantity of food your belly is willing to eat. Hence, cook what you are really going to eat.
4. However, if your calculations are wrong, don’t throw the left overs away and either share them with someone else or reuse them during an other meal. Now is the turn for your imagination! Use it in the same format or create a new recipe! You can turn breast chicken into croquettes!
5. But if you have a lack of creativity, there are a bunch of apps available that will help you out throughout the process. I specially like Handpick, where you chose the ingredients you have out of a large list, and the app provides you of some recipes with the same ingredients. It’s so much fun!
6. Store the food on the right places. Separate properly what goes into the fridge from the food that goes on the shelfs.
7. Be extremely organized with the storage. If you don’t see the food at the first sight, your brain will blank and forget that you bought it.
8. Don’t hold into expiration dates. Those dates actually refer to the quality of the food, not to the safety. Thereby, guide yourself for the smell of the product to judge their status.
9. Monitor everything you throw away. This will help you to prevent some food waste on the next shopping.
10. Give away the food to those who need it before throwing it away.
11. Try to store the food in cans, it will last way longer.
12. Even though it might seem a little wierd, fruits grown in urban areas are also eatable! Use them!
13. Don’t be ashamed to bring home the left overs from the restaurant. Even if the portion is small, ask for a take away!
14. Educate other people. Not everyone is aware of the situation.