On this page you are going to learn about the devastating impact of our food waste on our planet and what we can do to reduce it. We apparently waste 1/3 of the food produced. Not only are we wasting the food that could have fed the hungry, we are using unnecessary energy, land and water to produce and transport the food in the first place.
Song and Video
In the following video, you will hear a song about clearing your plate at meal times to avoid food going into the bin and then into landfill; which then produces methane, a greenhouse gas; which warms up the planet; endangering numerous species; melting the ice caps and causing sea levels to rise; endangering our homes and lives.
You can purchase the sheet music for this song here.
Watch this video to learn more about how we waste food, the problems that causes and what we can do about it.
What can we do to reduce our food waste?
Some top tips:
freeze overripe bananas in little pieces: it tastes like icecream
don't cook too much food: measure out portions of pasta, rice, porridge, couscous
don't put too much food on a plate: people can always come back for more
freeze leftovers (that have not been on people's plates!)
google any items you are unsure about freezing/reheating to avoid food-poisoning: some leftovers should be eaten cold
buy frozen vegetables so they don't go off: they are usually fresher anyway
make smoothies or soups with fruit and veg that is about to go off
make breadcrumbs with bread crusts or bread that won't last and look up breadcrumb recipes
put bread in the fridge or freezer to make it last longer
find out if there is a council fridge near you, a place to take food that you won't manage to eat before it goes off
keep bananas with their stems resting in a bowl of water to keep them from ripening too quickly
keep bananas away from apples, since apples will make them ripen too fast
use apples or bananas to ripen fruits quickly if you want to eat them at a particular time
keep avocados, apples and pears in the fridge to stop them ripening too fast
join the OLIO app to share food you don't want with people who live nearby
put all raw fruit and veg waste into an outdoor compost bin
find out if you can put food waste into your green bin: some councils take it away to make rich compost
don't buy too much in the supermarket at once unless it is stuff that won't go off like dried pasta, tins and frozen stuff
plan your meals in advance so you know exactly what to buy
TASK: Think of all the ways you can reduce your food waste at home and create a pamphlet to share with friends and family.
TASK: Brainstorm as a class what you can do at school to reduce food waste. Could you create a poster? Could you ask for smaller portions? Find out what happens to uneaten food at school and campaign to get a better system.
Here is a podcast about Food Waste and Climate Change, hosted by Deliciously Ella.
Join the OLIO App!
OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.