Food waste can be defined as throwing away food all along the supply chain, whether at the harvesting stage, in transport, during processing, in the grocery store, in restaurants, at hotels, or at home.
At first glance, throwing out some food may seem insignificant. However, it is an important global issue. In fact, all discarded food requires resources and energy for its production. This has an impact on the environment. But, when food ends up in the trash, the energy used to produce it is unfortunately wasted.
In addition, millions of people struggle to properly feed themselves. Food insecurity is an ever-growing epidemic…just like food waste! The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations also reports that, on average, one third of the food produced annually in the world is thrown away. So, to avoid adding to the statistics, especially as the holiday season approaches – a time when we do and make things in excess – let us avoid food waste. Because, yes, it can be reduced!
One can never say this enough, but it is better to buy local products since they require less transportation and are fresher, and they consequently last longer.
Make sure you rotate your groceries by placing food that is less fresh in the front, so you use it more quickly. This will also prevent you from forgetting them at the bottom of your refrigerator. Don’t buy too much at once, either. Go with what you need for your meals and recipes. Otherwise, too much food will end up in the trash.
Develop the habit of freezing your leftovers. This will make life easier when you don’t have time to cook. It is also convenient for lunch!
It has been proven that fruits and vegetables that do not meet certain aesthetic criteria from the industry (yes, yes!) have difficulty finding a home. But they are still tasty! Instead of letting them go, how about using them when you cook? Your dishes will be just as delicious with these fruits and vegetables.
With all the delicious food on the table, it is hard to resist overfilling your plate. However, with large portions, the risk of waste is much higher. A little tip: eat slowly and according to your appetite.
You certainly may want to give your guests as many options as possible, but the more dishes and desserts you make, the greater the risk of waste. If it is absolutely vital that you offer a wide variety of dishes, opt for finger food or hors d’oeuvres.
To avoid throwing away food that has been on the counter for several hours after a meal, simply put it away as soon as you and your guests have finished eating.
Did you think big and make too much food? You know that you won’t eat it all? Then give some away to your guests! Everyone will have their own small plate of food and you will avoid a significant source of waste.
Take mealtime as an opportunity to make your loved ones aware of the importance of preventing food waste. After all, it is through small steps that we reduce food loss.
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