CREATIVE WAYS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE
There is no hiding from the truth-we waste a lot of food.
According to Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly one-third of food produced around the world get wasted every year. Pointing fingers at the countries who rank first for food wastage is not important here, instead let us talk about how to tackle food waste.
Before we get into it, let me give you a brief about what is Food Waste?
Any food that is uneaten, discarded or lost can be considered as a Food Waste. It may have happened due to numerous reasons but it is levels of production that matters the most. Farming, processing, retailing and consuming are the crucial stages of production and when the food is wasted the amount of man-power used is also wasted.
Would you be surprised if I tell you that it is a myth that the food we waste decomposes and goes back into nature? Well! It is far from truth.
Landfills or dumping grounds are not only massively overfilled but is slightly becoming inefficient because of the Food Waste. They are heavily overburdened as we see on our daily routine. Food scientist states that the food in landfills remains in almost a embalm state. The speed rate in which Biodegradation happens can only be measured in centuries and hence food waste remains unchanged for years. What this means is that, Food Waste is not decomposing as it should.
So, are you willing to cut down on Food Waste?
Here are few unique food waste solution tips that would help you to go green!
Grow It Yourself.
Take a scenario: You buy some basil leaves from store but you couldn’t finish all of it in time. By the end of that week, it is damaged and you don’t know what to do with it.
If you had a small basil plant you sewed, you could have picked off enough basil leaves that you needed for that special dinner recipe and that’s it. You could return another day and pick if you needed more.
Starting a home garden is a great way to reduce wastage of food even if it is a windows hill herb garden.
Home Cleaning Products:
Learning to make your own DIY household products is empowering when you start it. The success in making one DIY would make you want to think about another and before you know it, you might have used all the remaining food for cute innovative DIYs.
Best way to use your discarded food items is to mix the contents and create enlightening products that you can use not once, not twice but uncountable times.
Buy Less food:
Keep your priorities set to buy food in less portions and potential shopping more frequently. Buy those conjoined carrots and misshapen tomatoes, it is what on inside that counts. Buy products from the bulk bin like dried herbs, spices, rice, seeds, granules etc.
Consider 2-3 mini grocery shopping trips throughout the week, keeping it less and moreover fresh ingredients.
I hope by now you can agree that working on food waste solutions in your home is a great way to make a positive environmental impact. Not only that, but you can feel good knowing you are doing your part to not contribute to the world’s hunger problems as well.