#fast4earth Avoid food waste
Let there be no waste John 6:12
Almost a third of our food waste ends up in the rubbish dumps! This is a shocking statistic when we know of the millions of people who are going hungry.
Food wastage also has a huge impact , because of the water that is used to grow it, and the fuel used to transport it.
In South Africa 10 million tonnes of food go to waste every year, that is an incredible 210 kg per person. One fifth of South Africa’s water is used to grow food that is wasted. This while a quarter of households report they are experiencing hunger.
The wasted embedded water would fill over 600 000 Olympic swimming pools – a massive waste for SA, the 30th driest country on the planet.
About 90% of waste in SA is disposed of to landfills, where the food-waste component leads to the production of methane gas and carbon dioxide.
Successfully cutting food loss and waste is a chance to turn around severe food insecurity felt by significant portions of the population.
So what can we do?
- Make sure you give away left over food before it goes off. Work out a system for doing so.
- Don’t over buy – sometimes those bargains end up not being a bargain!
- Use your freezer to save food
- Make soup! You can throw a lot of goodies into soup and make healthy cost effective food for your family
- Plan ahead
- Check the use-by dates of fresh food when you buy it. These are the dates to take notice of, rather than the best-before dates. … you don’t need to throw it away on the best before date.