Food waste is a serious problem in today’s world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one-third of the world’s food production is wasted every year, which amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food. This is not only a moral issue, but it also has significant economic and environmental implications. However, we can all play our part in fighting food waste. Here are some practical steps that you can take to reduce food waste in your daily life.
PLAN MEALS AND SHOPPING
Firstly, plan your meals and shopping carefully. Before going to the grocery store, make a list of the things you need and stick to it. Avoid buying in bulk unless you are sure you will use it all. Also, try to buy seasonal produce as they are usually cheaper and have a longer shelf life. By planning your meals, you can also ensure that you use up the food you have before it goes bad.
STORE FOOD PROPERLY
Secondly, store your food properly. Different foods have different storage requirements. For example, tomatoes should be stored at room temperature, while lettuce should be stored in the fridge. Make sure you know the optimal storage conditions for the foods you buy and store them accordingly. Also, check the expiry dates on the labels and use the foods that will expire soon first.
Thirdly, cook the right amount of food. Portion control is crucial in reducing food waste. When cooking, try to estimate how much you will need and avoid making too much. If you do end up with leftovers, store them properly and use them for your next meal. You can also freeze them for later use.
Finally, compost your food waste. Composting is a natural process that turns food into nutrient-rich soil. Instead of throwing away your food scraps, start composting them. You can use the compost to fertilize your plants or donate it to a community garden.
In conclusion, reducing food waste is everyone’s responsibility. By planning your meals and shopping carefully, storing your food properly, cooking the right amount, and composting, you can make a significant contribution to fighting food waste. Start taking these steps today and join the fight against food waste! If you do have excess canned food, shelf-stable, or produce, consider donating it to Lincoln County Food Bank. If you own a restaurant or food service store we’d be happy to coordinate pick-ups for donations. Please contact us today!