Overproduction? Overconsumption? Think Better, Eat Better and Save the Food

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Do we really need all the food we produce and we consume? This is the main question we should ask to ourselves before going to the supermarket. Probably the answer is NO, we don’t need all the food we produce neither all the food we consume.

A recent study conducted by the IMECHE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) reveled that ”30% to 50% (1.2-2billion tones) of all food produced on the planet is lost before reaching a human stomach”.  This is more than the total net food production of Sub-Saharan Africa and would be sufficient to feed the estimated 900 million people hungry in the world (FAO). Global food production also leave a huge footprint on the environement, climate change, loss of the biodiversity, deforestation, etc.

Due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage 50% of the food is thrown out. This post focuses on the consumer wastage. As consumers we have a huge resposibility while doing our daily groceries, while cooking and while managing the leftovers.

Think, Eat, Save is a camping of the Save Food Initiative, partnered with UNEP, FAO and Messe Düsseldorf, and in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge. Think, Eat, Save seeks to catalyse more sectors of the society to be aware, to act, to give ideas and to get more people involved in reducing our footprint and saving the food.

Here we are giving you some tips to Think better, Eat better and Save the food:

  • Make the most of your leftover and make a leftover vegetable soup 
  • When you think your fruits are already spoiled, they are actually not. You can still make fruit jam, pie, cake ot tea. Check 30 recipes for leftover fruit.
  • Don’t put in your plate more than what you think you are able to eat, even when you see it absolutely delicious. It is better to finish what you have served and if you still feel like eating more just go back to the kitchen and get some more.
  • Buy funny and Ugly Food. A large amount of food is thrown out just because of their shape, colour or size are not ”right” for the maketing standars but it doesn’t mean it has to be wasted.
  • Always check expiration dates when you are buying.
  • Use your freezer. Freezed food last longer.
  • Donate.  Give non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food to shelters, food banks or low income schools.

See more leftover recipes here,  calendar of events here, and see other Think, Eat, Save tips here

You can also see other post related to food:

¿Sabías que probablemente tu comida es geneticamente modificada? [Spanish]

Dirty and Clean Food: Fruits and Vegetables with the most -and the least- pesticides residues [English]

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