How to reduce food waste

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Today, 29th of September 2020, is the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.

If you reduce food waste, you will not only help the planet but also your pocket!

Stunning information:

– 1/3 of the food produced in the world is wasted.

– 38% of the total energy consumption in the global food system is used to produce food that is wasted or lost.

– 45% of fruits and vegetables are wasted. Did you know that it takes 13 liters of water to make a tomato? And 50 liters to produce an orange? In addition, we must take the land, the seeds and the work of the farmers into account. By throwing away the fruits and vegetables, all the resources used have been in vain.

– In Sub-Saharan Africa many small farmers live on less than 2 USD per day. Well, food losses there are up to 4 USD billion a year.

What can you do? Tips to reduce food waste

PHASE 1 “WHY MY PANTRY IS SO FULL? HOW DID I GET HERE?”

–  To begin, take a deep breath, get to work and… check EVERYTHING you have in the pantry, fridge and freezer. Put in the front what you need to use first.

– If you have accumulated food in the pantry and the refrigerator, during the next a week or two cook the food that will expire soon. 

– You might have products that you don’t use in your daily life. After you use them, don’t buy them again until you really need them for a recipe.

– When you go to the grocery store, it’s important that you have in mind the products you already have. Don’t buy them again! This is key to avoid having 50 cans of tuna in the pantry!! Ha, ha.

PHASE 2 “HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. HOW DO I KEEP IT NOW?”

– Check the pantry and the freezer every month to use the products that will expire soon. The fridge, every week.

– Start this new daily habit: put in the front the products that will expire earlier.

– Plan a weekly menu and, based on it, prepare a shopping list (and stick to it as if your life depended on it!).

– Buy only what you really need! You are living with 2/3/7 people… but not 15! (Hopefully!)

– Cook or freeze foods such as fruits and vegetables that will go bad soon. For example, the other day I cut 6 carrots into small pieces and then I froze them so I could cook them another day.

– Reuse leftovers.

Check out more tips here.

Do you have more ideas? Write them in the comments!