If you have food in your mouth/stomach, be grateful. It is a privilege as society is becoming more and more unequal and there is blatant wastage in the name of food not being “up to grade”.
That grade is something that big corporations decide. The more food you waste, the more food they sell later. And the perfectly fine food, which could feed millions of hungry populaces in many developing nations in Africa, Latin America and Asia, is simply thrown away to rot. In fact, the average American wastes more food than any other nation.
Now sit back and think about your responsibility in this. Let us also give you some statistics: EVERY SINGLE DAY, every American citizen wastes a whole pound of food. On average, the yearly number is 225-290 pounds (according to a study funded by the United States Department of Agriculture). and all of this is done by the rich Americans.
Let’s move on to solutions: so how to cut back on food wastage?
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. But how?
How do we reduce the excess food that we buy in the first place?
1. Shop for needs and not wants. Make a grocery list and stick to it. Rotate your main ingredients to prevent spoilage.
2. Get familiar with expiration date terminology. For items with longer shelf lives, buy in bulk, and vice versa to reduce plastic usage.
3. Cook smart so that leftovers can be used to next day.
4. Use parts that you normally throw out. Learn techniques of preservation like dehydration.
5. Peel things as much as they need to be and not as much as you want.
Reusing and repurposing
Whatever you don’t have a need for, someone else might. So, keep an eye out for charities that take in food. Do not buy things that cause harm to the environment, like plastic cups and straws. Take small and simple steps.
Recycle things that can be recycled, from empty cans to multiple use plastics. Jars and bottles are everyday necessities that can be reused and recycled too.
Also, donate. There are charities that take food too. Volunteer at soup kitchens. Remember that every bit of work and money counts. Try and evade plastic usage. Try out composting techniques that can be done in your backyard and optimize waste water usage.
Remind yourself that you are responsible for the millions of hungry people who don’t have even one proper meal in a day. Don’t waste food, please.