These statistics are staggering. If this chart doesn’t make you think twice about food waste, I’m not sure what will. SO much wasted food and money! Yet people go hungry every single day.
I won’t lie, we spend a LOT of money from our budget on our food & every time someone throws something in the garbage my stomach turns. I feel so guilty seeing food being tossed out knowing that so many cannot afford food or don’t have access to healthy food. Yet, we in advanced countries waste food without so much as a second thought sometimes! It’s just not right…
I’ve decided to start a “food waste Friday” post on my blog to keep me accountable and hopefully keep me on track with purchasing less groceries, and just what we ‘need’ without so many ‘frills’. Which is no easy feat with snacky kids in the house. I don’t mind purchasing snacks, as long as the snacks get finished! My youngest is notorious for getting ‘bored’ of her snacks and ‘forgetting’ about them or deciding she doesn’t like them anymore. So she’s the main one I need to crack down on.
Today I’m going to clear our my fridge & pantry, organize and consider today “Day 1”, I’ll watch what we purchase & cook this week and keep an eye out for food waste. I know right off the top of my head that there are 3 eggs in my fridge that somehow got totally frozen to egg carton and they’re not budging when I try to move them so I’ve moved the flats and hopefully that will help that situation. Not happy about that, but it shows that sometimes food waste is beyond our control. I find this to be true especially when you’re not able, or choose not to buy “local”. Fruits, veggies, etc travel thousands and thousands of miles before they hit the grocery store shelves. Which means they may “look fresh” when you receive them, but they most certainly are not.
I’m a big supporter of buying local & in season as much as possible! I purchase my pork from “The Whole Pig” who are located in Dashwood, and I’m friends with a lovely lady out east who runs a huge farm with her family called, “The Vegetorium, Country Fall Market”. Even if you’re not out east, you should give her page a like as she shares sweet photos of her family and wonderful fruit & veggie based recipes!!
I think one of the best ways to save time, money & food waste is to menu plan. It’s absolutely a sanity saver! I’ll admit I don’t always stick to it as with my family there are different meals being cooked at multiple times a day (food allergies & preferences) so it’s kind of tough, but most times it’s still achievable.
On that note, I’m going to get to clearing out and organizing my fridge & pantry! I’ll check in for “Food Waste Friday” again next week to see how I did!
What are some ways you minimize food waste?