Love food, hate waste
You waste life when you waste good food
– Katherine Anne Porter
We all love food, but we also throw away one out of every five bags of food we purchase! Australians throw out $8 billion dollars worth of completely edible food each year, which is equal to 345KG per household. This doesn’t include the estimated 20-40% of fruit and veg discarded before it even reaches store shelves as it doesn’t meet consumer and supermarket cosmetic standards! However, times, they are a-changin’ and you can be part of the low waste, local food movement, each of us can make a difference to lowering food waste.
What can I do?
It’s time to maximise our menus and minimise our waste; here are a few points to get started:
- Shop smart – know what’s in the fridge and pantry and plan meals. Make a list before you shop and stick to it. Buy the funny looking produce that tastes just as good.
- If it cannot be eaten by you alone, have a friend over for a meal, give it to someone in need, freeze or preserve it, feed it to someone’s backyard chickens or compost it.
- Visit a farmers market, get local produce sold for its taste, not asthetics, and meet the producers face-to-face.