Food waste is central to some of the key challenges we face in the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing and the sustainability of agriculture and oceans. Stop Food Waste Day is a day of action and awareness to focus attention on the global epidemic of food waste and the solutions to combat the problem.
Wondering how you can waste less food? By making small changes to how we plan, shop, prepare, and store food, we can cut our food waste and save money at the same time. Check out these simple tips to waste less:
- Eat all shapes and sizes. Tons of food is wasted every year just because of the way it looks—such as weird shapes, odd colors, or blemishes on a peel. If you can, buy your produce at a farmer’s market, as farmers are more likely to offer their whole range of items. A few larger-scale companies such as “Imperfect Produce” and “Hungry Harvest” sell ugly produce at a discount and deliver it right to your front door!
- Plan ahead. Planning of meals is one of the most effective ways you can reduce food waste. Check your fridge and pantry before heading to the stores, then make a grocery list of only the items you need. Knowing what food you have and need stops you from over-buying and makes it easier to use up food before it goes bad.
- Befriend your freezer. Leftover meals, breads, produce, sauces, and more can all be frozen and used at a later date. Rather than throwing them away, store them in the freezer and heat them up for a delicious meal!
- Get creative. 90% of people throw away food too soon; create new recipes using the ingredients in the fridge and pantry. It’s like a game—what can I create with these ingredients? This can help keep meals different and exciting and deter us from getting rid of food too soon!
Wondering how you can make a difference? Head to stopfoodwasteday.com to stay connected and take the pledge! Share your pledge on social media and encourage others to take the pledge with you!
We pledge to make every day Stop Food Waste Day. Join us as we fight food waste today on April 28, 2021.