Food waste is a global problem. Consumers are now wasting more food than ever before, with millions of tonnes of food going to landfill each year, and huge losses in food production. With a cult of perfection, the developed world can be its own worst enemy when it comes to food waste. With high quality standards that over-emphasise appearance rather than functionality, consumers are encouraged to buy more food than they need and have become complacent about wasting some of it due to low prices.
The effect on our future
Food waste, or loss, does have an impact on climate change. Food production uses resources: water, fertilisers, pesticides, energy and labour, all to produce edible items, of which 30-40% will be wasted. All of these production elements produce greenhouse gases and consequently have an impact on climate change. Also, in developing countries, food losses during harvest and storage cause a decline in the income of small farmers. Food losses also subsequently lead to higher prices in the supermarkets, making fresh food more of an investment for poorer families.
Make your fruit and veggies last longer.
When stored correctly, all of our fresh food can last longer. Here is a guide to where you should store your fruit & veggies to get the most from them.
In the fridge
Broccoli – keeps for 1 week
Mushrooms– keep up to 1 week
Apples – keep up to 2 weeks
Ripe Avocados – keep up to 3 days