World Food Day: 8 things we must do to avoid food wastage

World Food Day is celebrated today  every year on the 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. This day holds a special significance as it stands as a reminder to all of us that while we are relishing our food, nearly a third of the population is undernourished as they are unable to have one square meal a day!

1. Avoiding wastage

Avoiding wastage

Ás per a recent data, about 50% of the world’s food gets wasted. According to various reports, we not only throw 1.3 billion tons of food every year, but we also waste the water and energy that are used in producing these foods. Should we not do our bit in saving food, which can save the life of millions of hungry kids? Take these small steps to do your bit for the planet.

2. Shop smartly and realistically

Shop smartly and realistically

When we go for grocery shopping we tend to buy a lot more than we are going to be using in a given time frame. Before going to a grocery store, take a look into your fridge and pantry and make a shopping list. This will help you in reducing impulse buying and reduce food waste.

3. Composting


Rather than discarding scraps, you can compost leftover foods and turn the food waste into energy for plants.

4. Track what you throw away

Track what you throw away

Maintain a waste log to keep an eye on what you are throwing out, so that you can make less-wasteful shopping list in the future.

5. Understand expiration dates

Understand expiration dates

Look at expiration and “use by” dates at the store and choose items with a longer shelf life. Reading the labels before buying food items will help in avoiding food wastage.

6. Store food in the right places

Store food in the right places

Incorrect storage can add to massive amount of food waste. According to various researches, two-thirds of household waste is due to food spoilage. Most of the people are unaware about the right storing techniques Make sure dry goods are stored in air-tight containers to avoid moisture, freeze leftovers and keep the fruits and veggies in seperate zip lock bags to make them last long.

7. Try canning and pickling

Try canning and pickling

Canning, drying, pickling, fermenting and freezing are a great way to preserve food and increase its shelf life, thus reducing waste.

8. Get creative in the kitchen

Get creative in the kitchen

One of the best things about cooking your own food is that you can tweak recipes by substituting what is in your fridge for similar items in a recipe. This can actually help prevent a lot of wastage.

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Mwila Moses

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