Food waste is a
problem that is recurrent and that needs to be tackled in the near future. Many
people are not realising how food waste is impacting on the economic and
financial environment. The article published in The Guardian by Kate Lyons: Cutting food waste by a quarter would mean enough for everyone, says UNshows
us clearly the situation and how dramatic it is.
1.3 billion ton of food wasted each year
accounting for $ 750 billion (UN 2015) is enormous and this money which is lost
each year could be used in a more productive to help poor countries or it could
even be used to boost some countries’ economy. The money that could be saved
from these waste can also benefit Farmers. Authorities, general public,
everyone needs to take action to reduce food waste before it’s too late. What
you are not realising is that this waste accounts for 3.3 gigatonnes of
greenhouse gas emissions which impact on the environment.
We need to think of the future and start to reduce
waste with little things which can make the difference. For instance, if all
households could start their own compost with the vegetables and fruits peeling
or any kitchen wastes. This would certainly help to preserve our resources as
vegetables and fruits waste is around 45%. Compost at the same time reduce
waste and preserve the environment. My family started Composting and I can
certainly say that it reduce food waste considerably.
“For every 2
tonnes of food and drink consumed in the home, another tonne is going to waste
at some point in the chain."
Moon, head of foodsustainability at Wrap UK
Food waste is not only
present in European countries but also in Asian Countries even though it is
much less as compared to European one. To overcome this issue, the Japanese
have implement Food
Recycling Law to reduce its waste and to promote recycling. Some companies have
even come up with innovating ideas like Japan Food Ecology which gathers the
food waste of restaurant and grocery stores and sell it as pig feed. Everyone is looking for a solution to reduce this problem, knowing its importance.