For those doubting Thomas's out there, just go to your local supermarket or restaurants and see what is in the "trash" bins in back. Or, if you are hungry, go to your favorite Oriental Food or general food buffet to eat and watch not only how much food an individual will place on their plate, but how much of the food goes back as not-eaten and is discarded.
Better yet, how much food did you throw away this week that was "old" or "discolored" or just didn't want??
The following is an extract from the 29 Jan 2013 e-mail I received from Lilia Smelkova, Food Day Campaign Manager on this subject. Lilia hits on a number of very good issues. Issues we all need to be aware of and correct.
"Food waste is one of those issues that most of us are aware of at least on some level. We know we probably should have attempted to use that broccoli or cabbage in the crisper, but it just never happened and now it’s rotting in the garbage. The sad reality is that approximately 1.3 billion tons of food—or 1/3 of all food produced globally—ends up wasted.
To combat this seemingly overwhelming problem, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and its partners launched a new global campaign last week called Think. Eat. Save.
The program offers key findings about food waste in various countries (for example, in the United States, food waste arises primarily from the retail sector and on-farm mismanagement), as well as informative resources to help you take action
in your community."
To read how to control your food waste, go to the Food Day 2013 page on this
website and see the 10 points presented by the Food Day 2013 Campaign and from
To start, simply follow this mantra - Buy Local and In Season.