We bet some of you are new here and are still getting your head around the concept of food waste and why you should care about it, so we thought we would touch base, get back to basics to re-inspire / educate our community on food waste and how even during these trying times, we can still make positive impacts for our environment.
What is food waste?
Food waste put simply is food intended for consumption that is discarded along the food supply chain and cannot be used. It is food that is not eaten which often ends up in the general waste bin and letting out harmful gas into the atmosphere.
What is food loss?
Food loss is the food that gets spilled, spoiled or incurs a reduction of quality and value during its process in the food supply chain before it reaches its final product stage. Food loss typically takes place at production, post-harvest, processing, and distribution stages in the food supply chain.
What does this all mean?
Global food loss and waste amount to between one-third and one-half of all food produced meaning that there are many reasons as to why food is thrown away/ not used. Internally food waste is mostly prominent within our households, but is also present in all the other places we go – the food left over on our plates at restaurants, not eaten in the kid’s school lunch packs, the uneaten communal food in workplaces and or placed in bins after our picnic in the park.
When looking at the bigger picture, the bulk occurs throughout the journey food makes from the farm, through storage, processing, transport, market, to finally ending up in our homes.
But there are some positives…. (really!)
There are things we can do to curb food waste that occurs at our own hands. Here are some easy tips to start reducing your waste:
- Make a shopping list and only buy what you will 100% eat that week
- Compost (or feed your scraps to the chooks)
- Only order what you will eat
- Buy the ugly fruit and veg (beauty is a construct, it’s what’s on the inside that counts)!
- Store your food correctly
- Use your freezer
- Stalks, peels and seeds can be turned into delicious treats!
- Come November 2020, local Wollongong residents and the surrounding suburbs are going to be introduced to FOGO (food organics and garden organics), a food waste collection service, that will help reduce food waste emissions!
If you haven’t already, feel free to join our Hidden Harvest Community Facebook group where people from all over are sharing their food and giving away their excess veggies! It’s been so special to see you all thriving in these very crazy times. Let us know what you’ve been up to on your sustainability journey!