Fight Food Waste

Food waste is one of the main problems that face the whole world, but have you ever thought that you could make a difference?



A couple of seconds … that’s all what it takes to lose a person out of starvation. Imagine how many we lose every single day! Haven’t you ever asked yourself why fasting is required in all Abrahamic religions? One of the main reasons is to recognize the blessings we have by experiencing its loss for a while, then realize how blessed we are as it only lasts for a while.

According to the statistics, 2.8 million people died of hunger this year; on the other hand, 3.3 million died of obesity. Also,1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away in the garbage. As shocking as it seems but it’s a result of an imbalance problem which the world face. But have you ever thought that you could make a change?? Let’s take a loop around the world together and discover the hidden brilliant ideas and solutions to solve this problem, or at least reduce it:

Saudi Food Bank:
It’s a charitable non-profit organization which targets saving God’s blessings and spreading the culture of saving grace in our society in a creative way. They established a campaign in most of the malls in Saudi Arabia to solve the problem of leftovers there. They’ve placed refrigerators in food courts to put their leftovers and give them to people in need at the end of the day, which doesn’t only solve the problem of leftovers in the malls, but also inspires each individual to feel responsible to clean up after finishing their meals, instead of being completely dependant on workers and maids.
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Hands For hunger:
Many of us have wondered about what happens to food after we leave the open buffets in restaurants, hotels, weddings, as we see the food being refilled every once and a while even if the majority of people has already finished eating. In the Bahamas, an organization which was started by Bahamian students leaders in 2008, worked on taking the extra food from grocery stores, hotels, bakeries, and farms and saved them from being thrown away by distributing them on the needy people.

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Love Food, Hate Waste:
It’s a campaign which started in the UK, it aims at increasing the awareness of dealing with food inside our houses, where it offers various recipes donated by authors and cooks to reuse all types of leftovers on their website: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes. They work with a wide range of partners, from community organizations, chefs, UK governments and UK businesses to offer the best they can do through their websites and campaigns. One of the remarkable campaigns they’ve organized was in London, as they offered everyone delicious and free smoothies all made of fruits and yogurts which would have been thrown away, to increase the awareness of people in an attractive and a creative way.

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Food Shift:
Most of the foundations initiated to care about cutting off food waste is always connected with charity but this time, Dana Frasz, in Oakland, decided to think about food waste and recovery from a different perspective. She founded Food shift to offer careers rather than charity by working with businesses organizations. They share their ideas through events, online resources, and collaborative programs to offer the chance for individuals to participate!

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Stop Spild Af Food (Stop Waste Food):
How many times you end up having extra items you don’t really need just because you received it as a gift with the offer? That’s why Ms jull, from Denmark, has started an organization where she convinced the owners of Rema 1000, the country’s biggest low-cost supermarket chain, to exchange all the quantity offers with single items to cut off food waste, where she succeeded in reducing food waste with 25% in only 5 years in Denmark.

 

Maybe some of you might feel that we aren’t really making this difference, saving my leftovers of lunch won’t feed people in Africa and save them from death, right? Unfortunately, that’s not true. As one-third of all unused food in developed countries is wasted by households and consumers. So, in order to overcome this problem, here are some tips to start by ourselves:

Organize your refrigerator wisely
Remember the feeling of guilt you have when you discover the already-expired yoghurts or old food that has to be thrown away just because they were hidden behind something bigger? Organizing your refrigerator is a very important process, as it helps you realize what you have to do to make the best out of it!

Store the food you’ll use later in the fridge not the refrigerator
There are many food items that can be frozen as they’re healthier and they last for a long time like soup, saucy pasta, rice dishes, raw meat or seafood, bread, cookies, baked goods, tortillas, cheese (grated or in block form), tomato paste, pesto, buttermilk, butter, ginger, cooked beans, cooked rice or pasta, fresh fruit for smoothies or baking, vegetables for soups or stews.

Make a leftovers night
What happens most of the time is that we store leftovers with intension of using it later, then we forget about them until it’s too late so we throw them away. To not fall in this cycle; thus, pick up a day with your family and use all the leftovers you have to make a delicious square meal.

Be creative!
Instead of cooking the same meal for several days, which causes lack of appetite, you can transform it into other meals with very simple and creative changes. For example, you can turn the vegetables into delicious sauces, or unused fruits into fresh smoothies.

Use them as gifts
If you’re having guests and already preparing a huge amount of food, you can save part of it and send it as a gift to your neighbours or friends. Also, you can donate it to food banks or people in need.

In restaurants, ask about the portions before you eat
If you’re the type of person who rarely finishes their meal, ask about the portions before you order your food, tell the waiter to save part of it for you before starting to eat and give it to someone in need on your way back home!

Measure and Reduce
Whenever you end up having leftovers, count the amount left and reduce them next time you go shopping for food. This way, you will both save your money and help reduce the wasted food.

Make a list properly and STICK to it!
I know it’s something we’ve all failed! There’s always that one extra item that pops up to your mind once you enter the grocery store which forces you to change the plan. Don’t just make a random list, focus while preparing it, and check what you already have. Do your best not to fall like a prey to irresistible advertisements and sales!