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Food and Beverages | Thursday, September 22, 2022
The key to building a world without hunger lies in reducing waste, eating healthier, and adopting a sustainable lifestyle.
FREMONT, CA: Food waste is becoming a habit for many individuals worldwide as they purchase more food than they need at markets, allowing fruits and vegetables to rot at home and consume more significant portions than they can consume. These habits place an extra burden on natural resources and degrade the environment. Food wastage is a significant problem as tons of edible food are lost or squandered worldwide daily. Massive amounts of food are also wasted at the retail and consumer levels. Just between harvest and retail, all food produced worldwide is lost.
Reducing food loss and waste is crucial in a society where millions of people go hungry daily. Food loss is the portion of food lost from harvest to the retail level but not beyond. When it is eliminated by food waste, it can be acknowledged that food is not a given for the millions of people who experience daily hunger. Here are a few simple tips to take to reconnect with food and what it represents:
Adapting a diet that is healthier and more sustainable
Life is hectic, and nutritious meals can be complex, but healthy meals need not be complicated. The internet is rife with simple, nutritious dishes people can enjoy with family. Planning a proper diet, sticking to a shopping list, and avoiding impulsive purchases will help prevent wasting less food and save money.
Selecting fruits and veggies
Criticizing the appearance of food, if they do not fulfill arbitrary aesthetic standards, oddly shaped or bruised fruits and vegetables are typically discarded. If the fruit is a bit over-ripped, it can easily use for smoothies, drinks, and desserts.
Storing the food properly
Take smaller servings at home and share huge portions when dining out. At the same time, place older items in the front of the cabinet or refrigerator and newer items in the rear. Use airtight containers to keep open food fresh in the refrigerator, and make sure packages are sealed to prevent insect entry.
Understanding food labels
The difference between "best before" and "use-by" dates is significant. The "use-by" date indicates when food is no longer safe to consume, as opposed to the "best before" date. Check food labels for dangerous components like trans fats and preservatives, and avoid items that include extra sugar or salt.
Helping food producers in the local area
By buying local food, people can help out small businesses and family farms in the area. They also help fight pollution by making it easier for trucks and other vehicles to get where they need to go.