CHALLENGE 9

taste not waste

When you were little, you were probably told countless times to finish the food on your plate because there were starving children who didn't have anything to eat. Sadly, we've managed to create an entire chain of consumption that not only doesn't finish the food on its plate but throws out the food before it gets there. What can we do about food waste?

 

why?

40% of all food produced never gets eaten

In the USA, there are 50 million people who struggle to put food on the table. What's appalling about this statistic is that more than enough food is produced to make sure none of those people go hungry. However, almost half of the perfectly edible food produced gets thrown into landfill.

We throw away 15-25% of the food we buy

Essentially, we go to the supermarket, buy 4 bags of food and then chuck one out on our way home. This is not only obscenely wasteful, but expensive - to the tune of thousands of dollars per family per year.

FOOD IN LANDFILL produces greenhouse gases

All that perfectly good food chucked into landfill rots without air meaning it releases methane. Globally, if food waste were represented as its own country, it would come just behind the USA and China as the third largest greenhouse gas emitter.

Take a moment (well, 18 minutes) to watch this great summary of our food waste problem by John Oliver. My favourite point is around the 5 minute mark...

how?

 

So what can we do to tackle food waste? Here are a few simple ideas to start:

1. Plan your meals so you don't buy extra food that ends up going to waste.

2. Store your fruit and veg properly so it doesn't go off. 

 

3. If you know you're not going to eat it in time, chop and freeze it for smoothies, sauces, etc.

4. Be careful about portion sizes when eating out. 

5. Donate to food banks.

6. Compost food scraps rather than scraping them into the bin to go rot in landfill.

7. Ignore sell by dates! They are arbitrary dates chosen by manufacturers, the same manufacturers who benefit greatly if you chuck out a 'past the sell by date' item and buy another one of their products.

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WHAT NEXT?

keep going

Remember, the idea is not to drop any of the previous challenges (Just Move ItThe Quiet KindOur Plastic ProblemStuff Your StuffGet Out ThereThe Final Straw, All The Colours, Eat Less Face) but to keep going with them at a level that you are comfortable with. Read more about how that works here.

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