Interesting Ways To Solve The Food Waste Crisis
Did you know that it not only costs money to bring food into cities but also costs just as much to dispose of it? These are our best practices for reducing the impact of food waste.
Tip 1: Only Buy What You Need
Buying the right amount of food for a business or a household is a key part towards reducing our food waste. However, todays culture often sees individuals purchase a wide variety of food from the groceries, only to find out they don’t have the time or knowledge to cook it. This leads to tonnes of edible food either going out of date or just being thrown straight into the trash.
One of the best ways to prevent this is to purchase our groceries more conservatively. For example, instead of buying extra because you’re afraid you’ll run out, buy what you know you’ll finish. Alternatively, innovative food rescue programs and new age wholesalers such as “Yume” provide smart solutions towards supplying perfectly edible groceries that have been classified as surplus to the public.
Tip 2: Using Excess Food To Help The Less Fortunate
There are plenty of people on the planet. Some of which are unable to get their hands on food everyday. So why not take part in a win-win situation by reducing the excess food in your kitchen and giving it to someone who may need it.
There are plenty of great institutions who handle the process for you. All you need to do is drop it off and they’ll take care of the rest. Our favourite and most trusted recommendation is the “Empower” food relief centre in Australia. In 2019 they distributed 57,920kg of food to struggling families in the community which equalled to 104583 meals served.
Tip 3: Give The Food To Animals
Perhaps one of the most efficient ways to upcycle inedible food scraps is to feed them to farm animals. Chickens can eat vegetable or fruit scraps and turn them into nutrient rich eggs.
Farmers have been doing this for centuries. With proper and safe handling, anyone can donate food scraps to animals. Food scraps for animals can save farmers and companies money. It is often cheaper to feed animals food scraps rather than having them hauled to a landfill. Companies can also donate extra food to zoos or producers that make animal or pet food.
You’re probably wondering why compost is last on the list. That’s because its usually best practice to get the most value out of food before we consider not consuming it.
Whether it be donating it to the less fortunate or using it as livestock feed, composting should be the last resort for edible food. However, if you’ve got inedible food like scraps then go ahead and get your compost on.