One-third of the world’s food is wasted every year, totaling 1.3 billion tons of food wasted each year, enough food to feed 3 billion people. And, with 95% of the food we throw away ending up in combustion facilities or landfills, it is essential to take effective measures in reducing the amount of food we dispose of.
Most of the wasted food includes perishable food items, like fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have the highest percentage of wastage in comparison to other food groups. Following fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat are the second groups of foods wasted the most each year. Sources of wasted food include but are not limited to residences, food-service entities, institutions, grocery stores, and even hospitals.
Since our goal is to make companies greener and cleaner, we wanted to share some helpful tips to decrease the amount of food we are throwing away. Hopefully, after reading these suggestions, you can apply these habits into your daily lives:
- Have a grocery list ready when you go shopping
- Pre-plan your meals ahead of time so you only buy the things needed for those meals
- Eat prior to going grocery shopping to avoid buying food guided by your cravings
- Check expiration dates
- Do this to increase shelf-life
- Learn the difference between “use-by”, “sell-by”, “best-by” and expiration dates here
- Don’t be a perfectionist
- Eat fruit that has gone over its ripening period
- Freeze fruit or vegetables you have in surplus
- Properly store food
- Store fruits and vegetables in different bins as many fruits give off natural gases as they ripen
- Wait to wash berries until they are ready to be eaten (prevents molding)
- Compost food scraps
- Learn the basics of composting here
To learn more about food waste and the effects on our economy, please click here. The link also features a model for a sustainable food system that shows how we can sustain people on a fair basis while replenishing nature.