We are all consumers, and society has built a a pressing urgency to have everything available now. Sounds good, but in reality this is creating a huge problem with overpopulated supply chains around the world. In particular, when this is food we are talking about, this excess waste caused by the supply chains becomes a real problem. Food waste has a material impact on the environment and also plays its part in global warming. Why is this not a hot topic of conversation?
The UN has said if food waste was a country, it'd be the number three global greenhouse gas emitter – just behind the USA and China. This puts it into perspective. In the decomposition of food, the process needs oxygen and then the gasses need to escape back into the atmosphere. The majority of our food waste goes into a landfill, so it essentially is trapped with a thick layer of dirt unable to breathe, which then creates and builds up methane. Methane is one of the most damaging greenhouse gases. This is a time bomb for the environment.
It feels easy to say only buy what you are going to eat, but in reality, this is a hard thing to accomplish. If you are by yourself and cooking for 1, or have an extended family with unpredictable appetites and schedules, its not always possible to consume everything you purchase. Sometimes it’s not just as simple as finishing what you start when it comes to food. A survey in the UK found that 495 million pounds worth of food is wasted every week – that’s 10 million tons of food waste per year just in the UK. And 1/3 of households admit they throw food away weekly (and we’d love to meet the people that don’t!). We’ve all been there – reaching to the back of the fridge only to uncover out of date meat, or half a soggy cucumber or mouldy cheese or bread. Home composting is all well and good, but wouldn’t it be great if we could avoid the food waste all together? Protecting resources for those that need it the most. It’s estimated that 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. That’s 1 in 9 people on this earth who are famished or malnourished. Every one of them could be sufficiently fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in Europe and the USA.
So, the bad news is we are half the problem. But the good news is….. this means we can be half the solution!
Ways to cut down on your own food waste:
- Look up a food sharing or trading app (we love Karma!) to pass on food products you are going to throw out – or to pick up someone elses food for yourself.
- Buy odd looking fruit and veg on your weekly shop. Celebrate the variety in nature. Quite often these odd shapes won't get picked and so ultimately end up as food waste.
- Use your BeeKeepers to keep your food fresh for longer. Use your BeeKeepers as a second skin to keep your food fresh and tasting great
- Don’t forget what’s under your BeeKeepers! You can use labels, or take the tip from our daughter Rosie and assign a colour code to your wraps – red for dairy, green for veg etc!
Are you trying to cut down on your food waste? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!