Food wastage is a global problem that affects the environment in various ways. In fact, it results in food shortage and other issues. A recent study reveals that many people in various parts of the world suffer from hunger not because of lack of food but because of mismanagement and wastage of valuable food. several children across the globe face malnutrition due to food wastage that impacts health of not just their bodies but also brain as lack of nutrition disrupts growth cells to a great extent. Another thing about food waste is that it causes great economic losses as well as other problems environmental problems. Therefore, it is advisable to know how to avoid food waste and conduct best food management practices that can help save the environment, end hunger and help save innocent lives and our collective future.
Also read how half of the world’s food goes to waste
What is food waste?
Food waste is entirely different from flood loss or earthquake or any other natural calamity. one should know the difference between them in detail. Food wastage is a manmade calamity that despite being out there is a lot of times invisible to us. Food loss or wastage occurs in various ways at the farm, production/manufacturing stage, warehouses, retail locations and through consumers.
At the farming stage due to floods, poor soil conditions, water deficiency, and improper practices, at the manufacturing stage to in order to achieve so called “perfection” a lot of food especially produce that may not look “perfect” is thrown away.at the warehouse stage when excess produce is stored to drive the prices high resulting in rotten produce a lot of times, At the retail stage majority of retail stores dispose the surplus foods when they are not in need of them, does not look good or perfect. Apart from that, the buying behavior of customers changed these days and many hoard excess grocery and pantry in return for cheap prices and only using half or even less of it most of the times. Especially in countries such as America where consumers like purchasing items in bulk and then throw away when they simply do not need it or are bored eating the same thing, even if the food or eatable is in good condition. Or for example if one would purchase a whole 50lbs bag of some food item which one would only need barely 10lbs in a month just because the price is cheap and end up throwing as it would be sitting in the pantry or refrigerator for a long time until it catches mold and fungus. This is consumer wastage. A lot of factories and production plants have started using best practices to reduce food wastage. But on the consumer side, we have to learn and implement ways of reducing food wastage.
Also read about increased food wastage in America and its environmental impact.
What are the impacts of food waste?
We here in America waste almost 40% of all the food that comes to our homes. Read this 2012 article about food wastage in America from farm to fork to landfill
not much has changed in 2020 nearly 40 to 80 million lbs thrown away
Foods thrown in landfills produce a large amount of methane which impacts the earth’s atmosphere. They cause global warming and climate changes that has affected our daily lives. Moreover, they result in the formation of Viruses and other germs which lead to contagious diseases. Furthermore, food waste also results in wastage of water and other natural and important resources. It is imperative to study the reasons for food waste problems with attention to overcome them significantly.
How to tackle food waste problems?
The first thing is that supermarkets and food storage units should donate unsold and surplus products to others. Also, changes are necessary in every stage of the process that can help achieve better results. Agricultural industries should give priority to balancing production with demand. They should consider developing a plan for better harvesting, processing, and distribution which gives ways to prevent food waste. Restaurants, supermarkets, and retail stores should know how to reduce their footprint by identifying the waste areas. We as Final consumer should be mindful of food that is coming to our homes creating a plan, assessing our needs and purchasing only how much we may actually consume. try to buy foods in accordance with a meal plan or donate excess to needy at the end of every month. In 2020 we have already seen a lot virus, natural disasters, political changes, environmental and climate changes. All of this is real and so is food wastage.
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