If you haven’t already thought about the enormity of food wastage, it is time to do so since it is a worldwide issue that is growing. Nearly one-third of all food that is produced across the world is wasted due to different reasons. A point worth considering is that developed countries generated more food waste than other nations.
Food waste may not affect us directly, but in the long run can have a negative effect on our overall wellbeing. On a weekend when you order biryani online, have a good time with family and friends and throw away the remaining food, you are not merely wasting money but are also contributing to the production of methane gas. This is the second most common greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Imagine the loss of water that happens due to this (it is pegged at 24% of all water that is used for agriculture.)
However, all is not lost as you can use the following tips to help reverse the situation and give your bit towards food wastage:
Buy only as much you need
The need of the hour is to shop smart. Shopping in bulk leads to higher wastage although it is convenient for the buyer. Make short but frequent trips to the convenience store. Use up all the food that you have bought during the earlier visit before you make another trip. You can reduce food wastage by curbing impulsive buying and this can be
done by making a list of food items you genuinely need.
Stop being a perfectionist
While visiting the vegetable vendor or the local supermarket, we tend to choose for perfect-looking fruits and vegetables. Do you know this leads to food wastage too? The not-so-good looking ones have similar nutritional values too but get passed on for the better-looking produce. The wholesale vendors reject these while buying it from the farmer and thus this adds to food wastage. Choosing the slightly imperfect food items will help in reducing this colossal waste.
Take stock of your Fridge
Although a well-stocked fridge is a great sight, overstocking of food can also lead to food wastage. Food can get spoiled if it isn’t in your line of vision or if it is kept in non-transparent containers where you cannot see what is stored. Use the First In, First Out, method to ensure all the food stocked in the fridge is consumed before restocking. In case you buy a repeat item, make sure the old one is kept before the new one.
So the next time you decide to get your favorite Biryani Online delivery, make sure there is no wastage, especially now that you know that so much is at stake, including our future generations.