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Go Ahead and Waste your Food

Go Ahead and Waste your Food

Seriously, with all the debate about food wastage and how commercial establishments and individuals are throwing away good food when there are people struggling to put a meal on the table – we are saying – go ahead and waste your food! Why? Well as […]

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Go Ahead and Waste your Food

Go Ahead and Waste your Food

Seriously, with all the debate about food wastage and how commercial establishments and individuals are throwing away good food when there are people struggling to put a meal on the table – we are saying – go ahead and waste your food!

Why? Well as a starter, 30% to 50% of food does not reach the plate and is lost in the production, processing and retailing stages. That’s anywhere between one third to half of the total food available that gets thrown away even before you can buy it or eat it.

What you and I waste as individuals is a smaller fraction. Implying that even if we do not waste as much food as we do on an average, it is not going to change things significantly.

Why do People Waste Food?

Numerous studies have been conducted to figure out why perfectly eatable food gets wasted. Some of the findings conclude there are 3 primary reasons

  1. People rely too much on the best by dates and would throw away anything that is even nearing that date let alone crossed over. However, the truth is the food may still be perfectly fine to eat
  2. A popular sales strategy for grocery stores is to sell food in bulk and offer heavy discounts. Buy two for one often induces people to buy more than they need or can consume and this leads to throwing away later
  3. Last but not the least is not planning meals – especially at buffets and gatherings or parties. Usually the food prepared is much more than what everyone can consume and post event all surplus food is conveniently thrown away

How much Food gets Wasted by People?

While largely the amount of food waste and food losses go un-estimated, several studies conclude that the volumes of food waste by people differ significantly among developed and developing nations.

In America about 245 LBs food is wasted per person per year, highest in the world. This is primarily because abundance of resources the nation has induces little thought towards wastage. Compare this to approximately 10 LBs of food waste per person per year in the Sub Saharan Africa. Infact total food wasted in developed nations is almost equal to the entire food production in the developing world.

A study was conducted by the National Geographic about 3 years ago that discovered that $162 billion worth of food is wasted in America every year.

Go Ahead, DO NOT Waste your food

Did you know that resources used to grow the food that is ultimately not eaten and thrown away is enough to satisfy the needs of nine billion people worldwide.

It is important to stop this wastage. How?

  • Shop smart: Don’t over buy food, don’t buy what you don’t need or cannot consume within a reasonable amount of time. Buy ugly vegetables to help reduce wastage of such vegetables by the retailers because they don’t look perfect
  • Plan your consumption: Plan your meals and cook what is adequate
  • Donate: If you have edible leftovers, donate! It is better on another plate than in the bin
  • Compost: What cannot be consumed should be composted and not thrown away. Food is organic waste and has several nutrients that when composted turns into a great nourishing fertiliser for the plants

Author

Naina Vaish is the CEO of Green N Brown, besides being an enthusiastic eco warrior. Through this blog she shares her wisdom and inspirations hoping to evangelise her community towards a healthy, happy and sustainable life.