Waste Not Save Lots
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
You may remember that when lockdowns happened across Sri Lanka, people were rushing to get enough food to stay at home comfortably because no one knew how long it would last. Even today, there are times where there isn’t enough food to feed everyone around the world, or even the country.
Unfortunately, this has been a problem for a long time for many people in our country and all over the world. After realising the importance of having proper methods ready to provide food for everyone, the United Nations for the first time will celebrate the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
COVID-19 has helped a lot of leaders in various countries realise how important it is to have a well-organised system to both grow food and get them to the people without wasting any along the way.
With the number of people on earth continuing to grow, this has become one of the most important problems to fix in order to make sure that we can make the best of the food available for everyone to eat.
While governments are trying new ways to reduce the wastage of food, you and everyone at home play an important part in making sure that the food you bring home is not wasted. Otherwise you would be throwing away food that could have been enough to save the life of another person like you somewhere in the country, or the world.
In many countries, this has become a major problem that could easily be taken care of with proper planning and good habits. You don’t have to do much to reduce your family’s food waste. All you need to do is to learn a few good habits.
Here are some great ways for you and your family to get together and take action with the hope to stop wasting food and become outstanding #ZeroHunger heroes.
Sometimes, we have the habit of serving ourselves more than we can fit in our bellies. In the end, we are left with a really full stomach and oftentimes, a lot of food left on our plate. Of course, when that happens, there’s no choice but to throw the leftovers away. While you could reduce the damage dealt by using throwaway food to make compost and stuff like that, it still means that you’re throwing food away that could have fed someone else.
So eat smart, don’t put too much food on your plate knowing that you can’t finish it all.
Leave nothing behind
Try to leave your plate exactly as you picked it up; empty. Leftovers means wasted food. Do your best to make sure there are no leftovers, even if you don’t want to finish that last piece of veggie.
When your parents go out to buy groceries, they could be saving a lot of money and food if they planned what they need to buy and make a list before they go to the supermarket. Buying smart doesn’t mean you can’t have that extra treat, it just means that you’re buying what you need in the amounts you need them. That way, other people who may need it can have some as well.
Not ugly, just quirky
Although that one carrot might look a little weird, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad carrot. A lot of food is wasted because people don’t buy them, thinking that that weird-looking vegetable is bad to eat. Now you know that most of the time, they’re just as good, but with a fun look.
First in, first out
Don’t let food sit in the fridge for too long. Finish them off before moving on to newer goodies you can find inside.
There is stuff that you’ll have to throw away sometimes, even though you don’t want to. Instead of giving it to the garbage guy, try to compost it to make fertiliser for your garden. That way, you’ll still be making use of it.
Are you ready to reduce the waste of food in your home and become a #ZeroHunger hero? Talk with your parents about what you learnt and think of other ways to reduce the waste of food together.