Reducing food losses and waste is essential in a world where the number of people affected by hunger is increasing every year and tons of edible food are lost or wasted daily. When food is wasted, all the resources used to produce it – including water, land, energy, labor and capital – are wasted. In addition, the collection of food waste in landfills causes, over time, the release of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing significantly to climate change.
One third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, while more than 820 million people around the world continue to suffer from hunger every day. Reducing food waste is a key factor in eradicating poverty and hunger globally.
According to statistics published on the UN website, if we could save a quarter of the food that is currently lost or wasted, we could feed 870 million hungry people worldwide. And in terms of climate change, the effects could be reduced, given that food loss and waste is currently responsible for about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the use of almost 30% of agricultural land of the world.
Five simple steps to prevent food waste:
1. Plan your purchases in advance.
2. Check the expiration date of the products.
3. Organize food.
4. Store food in appropriate places.
5. Get organized to have easier access to food.