AVOID WASTAGE OF FOOD when everyone is struggling for it.
Most obviously, saving food wastage would save the resources and energy that go into producing food at every step of the supply chain, from farming to packaging to shipping where every step requires involvement of human resources to manage the resources effectively and efficiently in these wee hours. If more food gets wasted, it would have subsequent unnecessary load on overall supply chain and bad impact on our landfills – so reducing the amount of food that goes uneaten, and eventually spoils, could lower overall emissions and save precious resources. Wasting perfectly good items also contributes to food and nutrition insecurity, since fresh, healthy items tend to be those that are wasted most, leaving behind non-perishable, processed products.
Though this problem is a global one, but in given challenging situation of lock-down we can certainly try not to be that offender, wasting up to 40% of our food supply each year. Here’s how you can do your part.
- Buy only what you need: Think critically about what you buy. “When shopping, plan your grocery list, avoiding impulse buying or stocking up so much that you can’t use the food by the time it’s going to go bad,”
- Limit your menu: It may be quite exciting to make a lot of variations to show your creativity to all your family members. No harms at all but curtail your excitements for the time being. More menu options means more waste and this is certainly not the good time to take any risk with such precious resources – your food ingredients!
- Keep portion sizes moderate: “Overeating is also a form of food waste, In fact, a recent study published argues that, globally, excess body weight corresponds to 140 billion pounds of food waste. Why to gain weight at the cost of precious food ingredients and most importantly your own good health!
- Eat what you take in your plate: Needless to say this should be always practiced but right now the lock-down situation does not allow you to offer any excuse to leave anything at all in your plate. Be watchful towards others plates as well, especially kids.
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