Overpopulation and the increasing demand for food resources have been a topic of debate for ages. Even though the world is trying to catch up with our greedy demands, the distribution of such resources is unequal, and it is an injustice done to the needy and the poverty. You might have surely heard from your parents or grandparents that millions of children die of poverty and hunger. They do not have access to fresh water and nutritious food to keep them healthy. You might wonder why you should care and what is the need to put this thought in your mind. The answer to that is that you waste food without thinking about the consequences and the impact that it can have on the world and the upcoming generations.
According to the recent article published, it has been suggested that America generates 40 million tons of wasted food. The world is already on a destructive path that has been accelerated by the lethargic and irresponsible behavior of the snobby Humans. Those who are poor do not even have a say in the matter, considering they can’t afford excess food. The middle class and the rich are known to waste food that does not suit their taste or due to some blunder by the chef. Something that does not taste good is discarded, and something that overflows your stomach is discarded as well. Every person on this planet needs to learn the concept of Food Management to minimize food waste and discard hunger from the world. Instead of your food being ended up in the landfill to rot, make sure you learn the different techniques to minimize food wastage.
Plan in Advance
Excessive cooking can sometimes refer to a miscalculation of the ingredients you use to make your food. For instance, if you want to make oats for two servings, you end up making four servings. Despite being full, you still have two servings left that you end up throwing it out. Here you misjudged the amount of milk use and the grams of oats that were needed for two. If you knew about managing food grains, fruits, and vegetables, you might end up saving more at the end of the month and also be a World Hunger fighter.
Shop only what is required.
Before you go shopping and become a victim of marketing and discounts, make sure you create a digital list of the things you need to purchase. For instance, if there are already potatoes or onions from your previous purchases, make sure you don’t add them to the shopping list. Shopping smart can put you on limited resources and can help you avoid food wastage.
Learn the Preservation Techniques
Food preservation Techniques are an ancient tradition that is followed by many countries. During old age, access to refrigerators was impossible, so people used various techniques to increase their shelf life. For instance, pickles, dried fruit, and other side dishes can be stored in a container easily. They can be kept for a longer time and can help you effectively ration and consume them. If you have excess veggies or some fruits, put it in the vinegar and make some pickle out of it so that the wastage is reduced and you get to enjoy some delicious side dishes.
Store Food for the next day
Every food product, dairy, and fruits come with a limited time span. As soon as you purchase or open up the food packets, the countdown for them to degrade begins. Methods need to be put in place so that you effectively consume the food before it gets inedible. Naturally, you might wonder how you can store food before it gets degraded. The shelf-life of food products can be increased by colder temperature, i.e., your Refrigerator can help you increase your food shelf-life. Furthermore, investing in an air-tight container will slow the degradation process and help you store food for a longer time.
Keep a Refrigerator Checklist
The food in your refrigerator can go stale anytime, and you might end up piling up your fridge and throwing expired food outside. For instance, if you have sandwiches and some cheese that will expire in two days, make something out of it. Furthermore, if you end up cooking something that uses ingredients that will not expire for the next 6 months, you will end up throwing the sandwiches and cheese.
Therefore, you should create a list of food in your fridge that will help you create a priority list of the food products that will expire soon; you will effectively consume and manage food without any wastage.
Make sure to purchase fresh food.
The sellers are quite cunning when selling groceries or meat, being the victim of Capitalism. Despite food products expiring soon or have expired soon, they tend to sell them to their customers. In such cases, the customer needs to be aware of the expiry date, which can be seen on the food packaging. Make sure you purchase food products that do not expire soon to hoard them and use them when required. You should learn techniques to purchase fresh groceries. Managing what you buy and what you don’t will help you get a healthy and nutritious diet.
Donate to Local Food Banks
It becomes challenging to change your habits overnight. Naturally, you would think about how you will minimize food wastage despite the bad habits of wasting it. You might feel guilty, but you end up throwing the excess food in the dustbin. There is a way where your bad habits can be transformed as an act of generosity. You can pack the food wasted and contact a local Food Bank or volunteering organizations to help the wasted food reach the ones in need. This way, you will be doing a good deed in society, and your guilt can be lifted as well.
Stop being Choosy
A recent IGTV post by BBC opened the eyes of the consumer market and made them aware of the consequences of being picky about vegetables and fruits. An organic farmer harvested mangoes in Australia, which he tried to sell to the local supermarkets, but they were rejected as they did not meet the consumer standards. The mangoes could not be eaten by the farmers along, and tons of mangoes got wasted. This behavior of consumers impacted the hard work of the farmer and disrupted the ecosystem. Imagine if the same mangoes could have been consumed by people who are dying out of hunger. An initiative to stop being choosy should be undertaken to avoid such an incident in the future.
Being a lazy cook has its perks.
You can also store leftovers from the previous night. This leftover can be your food for the next day. All it requires is a little heat from the oven and proper storage. The leftover can be your lifesaver as it saves your cooking time and helps save the planet. Now you see being lazy has its perks as well.
Why should you not dump food?
Despite the discussion, you might wonder what happens if you dump the food in your dustbins. When you dump food in the dustbins, it is carried out in the landfill areas where it will degrade. The degradation process involves the release of methane, a greenhouse gas that will increase the global temperature over time. Pollutions and different viruses or diseases can also develop around the landfills due to mutation. All these problems occur by your irresponsibility of making good use of the food waste. If you are guilty enough, make sure you do not repeat it in the future and learn how to minimize Food wastage that contributes to society and the world.