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World Food Day: Curbing Food Waste

Today, we celebrate World Food Day. This day is dedicated to addressing global hunger issues. The theme for this year is: A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have made it clear that “our actions are our future.”

So what simple actions can we take?

One thing that we can easily work on is eliminating the amount of food we waste. Statistics on food waste, both globally and within Australia, are alarming.

Food waste is one of the biggest issues surrounding global hunger. According to OzHarvest, food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year. Globally, it has been found that one third of all food produced is lost or wasted – that is around 1.3 billion tonnes every year! It is also interesting to note that half of all fruit and vegetables that are produced in the world are wasted.

This highlights the need to be mindful about the food we eat, and the food that goes to waste. This is something we should be thinking about daily, not just on World Food Day.

How businesses are curbing food waste:

Bute Brew Co a craft beer company in Scotland are using surplus bread donated from their local co-op to create craft beer.

Baldor, a food importer and distributor in the United States, has launched the “imperfect produce” program. This involves purchasing misshapen fruit and vegetables from farmers and selling them to restaurants. Instead of these misshapen fruits and vegetables going to landfill, they are now being used in soups, stews and other dishes.

Tesco supermarkets in the UK have now removed best before labels in a bid to create less food waste. It was found that consumers were confusing ‘best before’ with ‘use by’ dates and throwing out perfectly edible food.

How you can reduce food waste:

Be better prepared
Make meal plans for the week to ensure that you aren’t buying things that are just going to end up being thrown out.

Store your food correctly
Get the best out of your food by storing it in the right spot. Here are a few pointers from the Food Republic.

Repurpose your leftover food
Love Food Hate Waste have put together some recipe ideas for your leftovers so you can create a whole new meal.

Learn about food systems and the different roles at play

Enrol in our free online course: Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chains, and Consumers in Global Food Systems.
In this course from the University of Adelaide, you will learn about the dynamic business of food and agriculture, exploring value chain thinking and the role consumers play in our rapidly evolving food systems.

Find out more.

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