Food waste is a problem! When you buy or cook food only to throw some of it away, this impacts our environment in many ways:
- Food waste generates greenhouse gasses. In landfills, food is broken down by bacteria that produce methane, a gas which is contributing to the warming of our climate. Also, preventing food waste means we can conserve limited landfill space.
- It's estimated that about 18 million tonnes of food goes to landfill ANNUALLY in the UK. That's wasted money that people are spending! The key is to only buy as much as you need. By being smarter with food purchases and by eating everything, a family of four could save as much as £70 each month.
- Food requires a lot of resources to grow and transport. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we have here in the UK are not even grown here and they are imported from other countries. This means that we're consuming fuel in trucks and planes to transport food, but it all goes to waste if we're not actually eating the food. Plus, growing crops requires a lot of resources like energy and water too, which gets wasted along with the food if it's not eaten.
- Thousands of people around the world don't have enough food to eat on a daily basis. We should be preserving the food that we are so lucky to have!
Moral of the story: don't waste food!