Waste food is a global problem affecting our environment, well being, and economy. Approximately a third of all food produced gets wasted.
You probably think food waste cannot be harmful to the environment. Ethically speaking, waste food in landfills emits methane, which is much more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. In its solid-state, it is called dry ice.
Carbon dioxide in low concentrations is not harmful. Higher concentrations can affect your respiratory function and central nervous system.
However, composting your own food scraps saves the landfills and turns it into soil for gardening.
Generally, we waste so much food from the farm to the kitchen. How many times have you not eaten everything on your plate that you dished up or was dished up for you? What about the food that you had to throw away that had gone off in your fridge?
In recent years many countries are taking action and making positive changes.
France, the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. They are not allowed to throw away foods that are approaching their “best before” date. They are forced to donate surplus foods to food banks and charities.
After France, a bill was passed in Italy, and they took a different approach. Instead of imposing penalties, the country gave garbage collection tax breaks to businesses that took part in the initiative.
Businesses that sell food should donate unsold food to charities rather than throwing it away. All companies that donate food should record it so the tax break could be executed.
Denmark allows supermarkets to sell date expired food as long as it is clearly marked, and there is no health risk involved.
South Korea has proved that government policies can make a huge difference. In Seoul, households had to pay for recycling according to how much food they threw out. This policy is now in place in about 16 additional Korean cities.
There is so much food going to waste, and so many poor people are going hungry!
Reduce your own carbon footprint by helping our environment.
How to help reduce food waste:
Make your own composter and compost.
Serve smaller food portions.
Buy less food.