Do you want to reduce food waste? Do you want to make a smaller “foodprint,” and a smaller food bill, too? Well, there is an easy solution to reduce food waste, save money, and help the world at the same time.
On January 22, 2013, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and various other partners launched a global campaign called “Think. Eat. Save.” Their mission is simple: to reduce the food waste that occurs when retailers, as well as everyday people like you and me, throw out food that can still be eaten. Apparently, one third of all global food production gets wasted, and about half of this waste is due to the simple act of edible food being thrown away, and put into landfills. “Food waste” means food that is thrown away despite being perfectly fine to eat, and it often occurs in retail situations, by the businesses themselves or by those going out to eat.
To put the figures in perspective: nearly 300 million tons of food is wasted this way each year. Also, some may think that throwing away food into a landfill is fine, because it will decompose, but this simply is not the case most of the time. In fact, without the proper air, food may not decompose at all. Therefore, it is harming the earth to put millions of tons of food in landfills each year, because they are not biodegradable. If this 300 million tons of food was saved, it would be enough to feed the entire world’s hungry. People and businesses would not only be helping the earth, but they would be saving themselves money.
Here comes the good news:
There is a simple solution to this food waste problem that each individual can contribute to, and it comes in the form of the “Think. Eat. Save.” campaign. The title itself is fairly self-explanatory: this campaign encourages everyone to think before they decide to buy food or order it at a restaurant. It offers suggestions to “clean up” the household, such as having shopping lists, planning ahead, and not “impulse buying.” Next, it says to eat the food. No more details need to be mentioned for that step. Finally, it says “save.” This not only means to save money, but to also save extra food that has not gone bad, in order to avoid food waste. For instance, the campaign suggests bringing food home after going out to eat, or saving food that you eat at home to have leftovers the next day. Overall, if each individual follows the simple steps given on the website.
To find out more about the “Think. Eat. Save.” campaign, and their suggestions to reduce food waste as a whole, check out their website located here.
– Corina Balsamo
Sources: T.E.S. Take Action
Photo Source: Think. Eat. Save.