About those massive servings. . .
Stop good food from going to waste with these practical tips
An estimated 25 percent of all food calories are wasted each year, and some of that could be your fault. Many of us are unaware of our wasteful habits when it comes to food. With about 9 billion people expected on Earth by 2050 – all of whom will need to eat – now is a good time to re-examine our food behaviour and make a few changes. Here are some practical tips to help.
- Buy only what you need.This may sound obvious, but sometimes those 2-for-1 deals can be hard to resist. Think about your week and plan accordingly. Make a shopping list and stick to it. That way you’ll minimize your costs and waste less food. Try out the Green Egg Shopper App to help you stick to your list.
- Don’t throw away perfectly good food.“Best by” and “use by” dates are useful (though more for the retailer than for the consumer), but they are only estimates. To find out how long food really stays fresh use websites like Still Tasty. It will give you the real breakdown on the food in your fridge.
- Reduce or share your portions.Ask for a half-portion if you don’t think you can eat a full serving in a restaurant. And don’t be shy about asking for a “doggy bag” for your leftovers. Share your food with others or have a dinner party with your recycled food.
Initiatives like the United Nations’ Think.Eat.Save campaign are important for making information and food-saving ideas readily available.
Do your part too and let your friends know how they can make a difference by making these few changes.
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