Six easy ways to reduce food waste

world food dayLast Friday was World Food Day. The event aims to raise awareness of food poverty across the world.

I have the lofty goal that if we stopped wasting food, there would be plenty to go around and there would be no need for anyone to go to bed hungry.

It’s reported that 30-50% of the food produced on the planet never reaches a human stomach. It’s discarded because it’s not the right size, shape or colour. Supermarkets change their mind, meaning whole fields of crops are dumped before they hit the shelves. And there are a myriad of other reasons why food never gets eaten.

According to the 2015 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics, one in nine people in the world are suffering from ‘chronic undernourishment’. Like me, the World Hunger Education Service believe that the world, does indeed, produce enough food to feed everyone. They say “The principal problem is that many people in the world still do not have sufficient income to purchase (or land to grow) enough food. ”

So with that in mind, perhaps it’s time for us ALL to value the privileged position we are in and to do our bit by not wasting food.

I asked our Facebook community what their tips were for reducing food waste. Here’s what they said!

Lyn shared “Cooked too much rice? Put it is the fridge and make a rice salad for tomorrows lunch.”

Pat had similar thoughts. She’s on a mission to stop us wasting rice, pasta and potatoes with her tip; “Always weigh your rice and pasta. I allow 80g per portion or 100g per portion for bigger appetites. Potatoes we have 200g per portion.”

Nicky uses a different method. She says “With rice and pasta use a cup, with a bit of trial and error you’ll soon know how much to do. I always do too much cos I like rice salad.”

Katherine and Andrea are advocates of meal planning. Katherine advised “Meal plan (and stick to it!) so you only buy what you need and the right quantities for the meals you’re going to make.”

Carla wants us to stop food waste coming into the house. She wrote “I look at the food I have at home, then write my shopping list, building my menu around what I already have.”

Beth shared “If your fruits or veg are about to turn, freeze them to use in smoothies or meals.”

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Rachelle Strauss

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