The way we eat has a massive impact on our planet. Did you know that we waste about one third of ALL of our food every year according to the UN? Australian's throw out nearly $10 billion in food each year, with the average household ditching 14 percent of food bought! The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has estimated the full cost of global food waste, including environmental, economic and social impacts, at US$2.6 trillion dollars annually.
Food waste contributes to 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions and wastes a lot of energy and resources - food production uses precious water and accounts for billions of dollars' worth of human labour, not to mention the clearing of land and application of tonnes of fertilisers and pesticides. The good news? There is something we can all do to reduce our waste!
Avoiding and minimising food waste is not only beneficial for the environment but also for your wallet! Who wants to spend money on something thats just going to be thrown away? Reducing food waste will help us to contribute to a sustainable future for agriculture, allowing us to help feed the world's growing population. Some steps to reduce food waste include shopping with a plan (this saves time, money and reduces waste), finding out smarter ways to use leftovers, freezing meals to have later, improving food storage (one way we do this is by filling up our vegetable trays, crisper or a large container in the fridge with water and keep all of our better-when-its-fresh-and-crispy food bathing in there). Check out @savethefood for all of their incredible tips on healthy food storage, dinner party calculators and shopping plans (they've also got plenty of awesome recipes).