Saturday, April 27, 2013

Have u thought how food can be saved from getting wasted?

Have u thought how food can be saved from getting wasted?
Earth Day is a good time to consider just how much we throw away and not just food. We create 4.4 pounds of trash per day, which is pretty ridiculous. Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food they produce for consumption. i.e In the U.S., they waste around 40 percent of all edible food.
The amount of food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world.
Do u feel that we should stuff ourselves even when we’re full???
Food waste reduction or prevention is the strategy of preventing food waste before it is created. An example of food waste prevention for a buffet is tracking which dishes generally
have more leftovers, and either make less of the dish or substitute it with a more popular dish, rather than continuing to throw the leftovers away.
Try to prevent food waste & you can reduce costs by purchasing.
Stop Over-Purchasing.. reduce costs by purchasing only the food that will be used.
Less food being wasted means less food being made.
Knowing how much and why food is being wasted.
Learn about reheating foods like soups or sauces, and training yourself to reduce or handle the improperly cooked food.
Reduce spoilage of food products as they can be stored in proper conditions, temperature and containers.
Learn to make various uses of any excess food i. e use Leftover bread to make croutons, rice can become fried rice, leftover fruit can be a dessert topping, and vegetable trimmings can help form a base for soups, sauces, and stocks.
Change serving sizes and garnishes at home.
Developing habits to save food could dramatically reduce the need for increased food production in the future.
Food waste is a complex problem with losses occurring
throughout the supply chain from “farm to fork.” Sometime
Crops are left unharvested because of their appearance does
not meet the quality standards. Citrus fruits and cherries top the list for fruits, and sweet potatoes, onions, and greens are commonly wasted vegetables. Both fruits and vegetables can be preserved through an easy pickling process.
A typical American throws out 40 percent of fresh fish, 23 percent of eggs, and 20 percent of milk.
Much of household waste is due to over purchasing, food spoilage, and plate waste. About 2/3 of household waste is due to food spoilage from not being used in time, whereas the other 1/3 is caused by people cooking or serving too much.
What can all do? ?
Try to shop wisely. Plan meals, use shopping lists, buy from bulk bins, and avoid impulse buys.
Many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”.
So learn to buy best looking fruits n veggies.
Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
Have smaller Portions or servings. Ask for more.
When unpacking groceries, move older products to the front of the fridge/freezer/pantry and put new products in the back. This way, you’re more likely to use up the older stuff before it expires.

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