Did you know that one-third or approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food that has been produced every year goes to food waste. Meanwhile, 30% of food with an average cost of US$48.3 billion is just being thrown away. Not only that, the half of the water that has been used in agriculture to cultivate and grow this food is also put to waste. As per Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “The food currently lost or wasted in Latin America could feed 300 million people.”
For us to avoid contributing to the growing waste of food while other people in the world starve for this basic need, we have prepared in this article a few tips to minimize or even eradicate food waste in the household level. Here are a few life-saving ways to fight food waste:
Organize Your Pantry
Not only so you can locate the food right away but also for you to be able to avoid pests like ants or cockroaches
to eat up your loose food packets, getting your pantry organized can hugely help in eliminating food waste since you can store your dry and wet goods properly and therefore it can last longer and still manage to be present when you need them. To do so, prepare mason jars or airtight containers to preserve them well and of course, to avoid pests to eat up your own food.
Make a Grocery List
It doesn’t actually hurt to grab a pen and paper and actually list what you only need. This process doesn’t only save you time shopping but can also lessen the cost that you spend from impulsive buying. Also, you can also avoid forgetting the stuff you need. Lastly, by writing down your grocery list, you can plan your meals right throughout the week or depending how often you go to the grocery store and be able to manage your perishable items properly since you bought them with an initial purpose. Quaint and efficient!
Clean and Organize your Fridge Regularly
t let mold take over and colonize your fridge! With the act of cleaning your fridge regularly, you can segregate your produce and other perishable products before they get spoiled or contaminate other food in the fridge. Aside from organizing and cleaning them properly, make sure that they are sealed as well. Sealing your produce and food can lessen the chance of decaying and getting exposed to bacteria.
Shop With a Full Stomach
t treat your food like your date on Tinder whom you ghosted after a one night stand. They might seem appealing at first glance when you are hungry but you might not be able to stand them once you have a taste of it! Jokes aside, this trick works all the time. When you shop not by list but with your craving, things mostly go south. Once you are famished and full, you will no longer want the food the way you first laid eyes on them. In result, what was once a pretty combo meal may turn out to be a complete disaster in the trash bin.
First in, First Out
organizing your pantry or fridge, make it a habit to place first the ones you bought previously. This way, you can sort them out from their expiry date and avoid spoilage of un attended food. For the take out leftovers, make sure to utilize or eat them first before they deteriorate. With this simple habit, you can greatly minimize spoilage and waste of food.
Save Money and Energy
er the World Resources Institute, “Cutting food waste in half would lower greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 gigatons (1.5 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050.” Although, this doesn’t only become a necessary move for households in order to come into realization, but must also be supported by our governments, corporations, and agricultural sector. Although it may sound far-fetched, it is actually possible if most of us become more educated and aware how it can benefit or impact us in ways.