Food waste is a growing problem in today's society. When we throw away a banana we think is too ripe, or a yogurt past the expiration date, we don't feel like it's a big deal. But imagine that each one of us on planet Earth does this.
Approximately 1.3 billion tons of edible food is wasted every year on our planet. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, if we were able to save even just one-fourth of all the food wasted every year, we would be able to feed about 870 million hungry people in the world. In comparison, it means we could feed more than another Europe (there are about 740 million people living in Europe).
From another standpoint, wasting food ultimately also worsens global warming by wasting water and fuel, reducing soil fertility, and producing extra CO2 and pollution that we really don't need. In fact, if food waste were a country it would apparently be the third largest greenhouse gas emitting country behind the U.S. and China (source: National Geographic).
Of course, all this waste is not only produced by us, the typical small household that throws away forgotten chicken breasts or rotten tomatoes. A lot of waste is produced by the agriculture, the suppliers, producers, and supermarkets themselves, before even reaching our fridge.
But we can still do something, even in our own small way. If you are still not convinced, or don't believe in or care about global warming, there is also a (more valuable) reason for the selfish!
By shopping smarter, you could save a lot of money. In fact, a family of 4 is believed to be able to save about $1,500 if they shop "with a plan". This means that instead of going shopping with no idea of what you have in your fridge, what you need, or what meals you are going to make in the next few days, you are much more inclined to shop for items that you do not really need or that you will not use.
Now, this information is all very enlightening but you might want to know what exactly you can realistically do in order to participate to the effort of reducing food waste. There are a number of ways you can do this, for instance by storing certain items correctly and shopping with a meal plan for the week. You can find information about how to store food on this website: http://www.savethefood.com
This website and the video shared on our Facebook page are what inspired us to write this post, as we believe we do not raise enough awareness about food waste.
On Save the Food, you will find quick information, tips and directions about how to store, freeze, use and recycle any food item.