Learning from children: Am I wasting food?

For many years, food waste is one of the global concern. In has been estimated that one third of food produced for human consumption is wasted and it is a severe problem in many countries.

Food wasting lead to 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions, uses our limited resources, in particular, freshwater (24%), and cost millions lives of farm animals. In addition, it vast forests cut down, wetlands drained, and uses of 28 million tonnes of fertilisers and pesticides applied for no purpose.

One day, we, my sister-in-law and myself, were going through our fridge and my sister-in-law (sis) asked me to thrown out those food went off because I am home sitting for them while they are on their holiday. Following was our conversation.
sis: Feel free to throw any food that went off.
me: Sure. I think I am good at that.
sis: I think so too.

My niece was eating breakfast at the dinning table, over heard our conversation. She continued:
niece: I think you should appreciate you have all these food too before throwing out them.

Both of us, my sister-in-law and myself, stopped and look at each other.
sis: yes. she has her point.
me: I know.
Facing my niece “yes. I will consider that before I throw them out.”

Appreciation towards food is something many people take for granted, not doubting to have no food on the table tomorrow. Learning about food wasting and cost of managing it, I have learnt to become more considerate on what I buy and how much I buy.

Cutting food waste is a delicious way of saving money, helping to feed the world and protect the planet.

Tristram Stuart

You waste life when you waste good food.

Katherine Anne Porter

What will you be doing against food wasting?

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