The world loses about 1.3 billion tons of food every year, and much of it is dumped in landfills, accelerating climate change.
According to Max Lamna, a well-known New York chef, one of the major problems facing humanity today is “food waste.”
Max has also written a book entitled “More Plants, Less Waste” and in the following article gives tips that can help you and me change this attitude.
“Food has always been an important part of my life. Being the son of a chef, I grew up in a world where food was everything.
My parents always taught me that my son does not waste food. Today, on this planet of about nine billion people, we face food insecurity at every level and 820 million people in the world do not get the food they need.
Food wastage is one of the biggest problems facing humanity today, as an estimated one-third of all food produced worldwide is wasted.
Losing food doesn’t just mean losing food, it means losing money, water, energy, land and transportation, everything.
Even if you are dumping food, it is affecting climate change, as the food is often dumped in garbage dumps where it decomposes to produce methane gas which is a nuisance to the climate. Has bad effects on
If we consider food waste as a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
In this regard, we can do the following.
* Thinking Shopping or Smart Shopping *
Many people buy more food than they need.
To avoid this, you need to make a list of the things you need and buy only those things.
Then make sure you finish all the food you bought before you go to the market again.
* Store food properly *
Too much food is wasted because we don’t store it properly. Many people do not know how to prevent fresh vegetables from spoiling, which is why raw vegetables ripen prematurely, and then soon rot first.
For example, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers and onions should never be refrigerated. These vegetables should always be kept at room temperature.
Leafy vegetables and herbs like coriander, mint can be soaked in water up to the trunk and stored for a long time.
Similarly, if you feel that the bread is too much, keep it in the freezer instead of in the fridge.
To contribute to this campaign to prevent the loss of vegetables, you should pick up items that may not look great when you go to the market. And the better way is to shop at the wheelbarrow or at the farmer’s shop instead of in the big stores.
* Save leftover food (it is better to eat it) *
Surviving food is not just for the holidays.
If you have too much food in your routine and there is always food left over, set aside one day a week and finish that day with only the food that is lying in the fridge.
This is a great way to avoid throwing food in the trash.
It also saves you time and money.
* Make friends with your freezer *
The easiest way to store food is to freeze it and there is a long list of foods that you can easily freeze.
For example, vegetables that have softened a bit and can go into your favorite salad, you can put them in a bag and put them in the freezer. You can make smoothies from them later.
In the same way, leftover herbs like coriander and mint can be made into ice cubes by placing them in an ice tray with olive oil and garlic. Can put
You can also freeze leftover food, extra food left over from your farm stand, and soups and chilies. This is a great way to make sure you always have healthy and home cooked food.
* Pack your lunch *
Although it is fun to go to lunch with your friends or eat at your favorite restaurant, it is always expensive and can contribute to food waste.
One helpful way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint is to bring your lunch to work.
If you have less time in the morning, try to freeze leftover food in small boxes. This way you will have good tasting lunches prepared in advance every morning.
* Build stock at home *
Stocking or brothing leftover vegetables at home is an easy way to prevent food wastage.
Add a little olive oil or butter to the leftover vegetables, such as their tops, stems, peels, etc., or other leftovers to make them sleepy, add water, and then leave to cool. Take the fragrant vegetable broth ready.
* Make fertilizer if you can *
Making compost from leftover food is also a useful way to make waste food a power for plants.
Although not everyone has the space to set up a composing system outside the home, there are many composing systems in the kitchen that make this habit easy and accessible to all. Even for those who have very limited space.
An outdoor composer will work well for those who have more space, while counter top composers are good for those living in the city who make small gardens of houseplants or herbs.
* Small steps and big results *
The fact is that we can all reduce food waste and there are endless ways to do it. Just by thinking about how much food we throw at home every day, we can save some valuable earth resources.
Even the slightest change in the way you shop, cook and consume food can reduce its impact on the environment.
With a little effort you can dramatically change food waste, save money and time, and help reduce the burden on Mother Earth.