With ‘foodie’ culture on the rise, food waste has also gone higher than ever! Long ago, the long distance food travelled from farms to the table was of great concern. But now, the distance from the fridge, pantry or fruit bowl to the rubbish bin.
Last week, a meeting was held in Sydney with 1000 agricultural experts. And one thing was certain, a third of all food produced is wasted, with one in every five bags of groceries we buy thrown in the bin. Farmers are facing a huge challenge. Statistics show that farmers will have to provide for two billion people by 2050 – with no extra land! Another major problem is that all the rotting food is a prodigious producer of methane, the gas blamed for climate change.
Solutions to food waste
There are three main ways we can prevent excess food wastage
Improve the delivery process from farmers to customer. Food currently takes around 10 days to get from one end to another. Within this time, a lot of food could have gone off already.
Reassess our consuming habits. Communicate with shop owners that consumers do not mind a slightly odd-shaped produce.
Stop the subsidised food production in countries such as the US, China and across Europe. This floods our local market with food that people cannot possibly consume
Have you got any other tips on preventing food wastage? Can you think of a way you can proactively use these steps in your day-to-day life?
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