World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16 and food waste continues to be a major problem in many countries.
A report produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in 2011 estimated that one-third of the food produced globally is never eaten.
Food is wasted in many ways including the discarding of fresh produce by retailers as well as from household kitchens. Food that ends up in a landfill rarely has access to the air and sunlight it needs to properly decompose and becomes a big contributor to global warming.
Here are some tips to help with food waste in the home:
- Don’t throw away overripe fruits or vegetables. Use fruits in smoothies and pies and vegetables can be used in soup;
- Make sure your refrigerator is working properly so foods can be properly preserved;
- Check items available in the home before going to the grocery store. Write a list and stick to it;
- Don’t throw leftover food away, use it in another meal;
- Share leftovers with family or friends;
- Do not cook more than you need;
- If a product has reached its sell-by-date, check it closely to see if it can still be safe for consumption;
- Freeze food and produce to use at a later date;
- Set up a compost bin to collect fruit and vegetable peels;
- Keep perishable goods such as bread and cereal in airtight containers.
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