Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year or approximately 1.6 billion tonnes gets lost or wasted.
- Food loss and waste also amount to a major misuse of resources including land, water, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produces greenhouse gas emissions, leading to global warming and climate change.
Here are some great tips for reducing food waste.
- Meal planner
- Menu planning is simply thinking about your household's meals in advance. It is an easy way to get organised for the week ahead and will help to reduce food waste, save you money, save you time, reduce stress at dinner time and improve nutrition.
- Shopping lists
- Creating a detailed shopping list will help you stay focused on what you need at the supermarket; you will be less tempted by specials and impulse purchases. Before shopping consider what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboard.
- Love your leftovers
- Get creative with your leftovers. Turn leftover curry into a pie, or use up veggies to make a delicious soup.
- Ask for a doggie bag
- There is no shame is asking for a doggie bag if you don't finish what is on your plate at a restaurant. Better in your tummy than in the rubbish bin!
- Ask your local to fight waste
- Next time you're buying the weekly groceries or popping in for a coffee at your favourite cafe, ask your supplier what they're doing to reduce waste.
- Food for worms
- Sometimes waste is unavoidable. And for those occasions - we have worms! Why not set up a home or work compost bin or worm farm?
- For more information about the consequences of food waste visit: https://www.oxfam.org.au/grow/method/save-food/