SA generates 10 million tons of food waste each year, according to the WWF Food Loss and Waste: Facts and Futures Report.
Food waste is a global problem, prompting organizations around the world to devise ways to reduce food waste and promote environmental sustainability. Food waste contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, land use and water depletion.
It is very important for individuals and companies involved in the food supply chain to notice food waste. Sustainability in eating has steadily gained prominence in recent years.
Great emphasis has been placed on eating establishments to reduce food waste, utilizing local supply chains, seasonal produce and reducing their footprint.
Restaurants like Cape Town fine dining establishment FYN have been ahead of the sustainability curve.
The restaurant, which for the third year in a row since its opening in 2018 has been placed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, has also been recognized for its efforts in sustainability. FYN has been named the World’s 50 Best Sustainable Restaurants.
You as the consumer are also very much a part of the system by asking important questions about the establishments you frequent or order takeaways from. Sustainability practices in the food industry can keep village ecosystems going, promote conservation and create diverse employment opportunities and provide nutritious and innovative menus for the public to enjoy.
For how to reduce food waste at home, the chefs from Radisson Hotel Group have some tips for you:
Plan meals and make a shopping list: Planning meals in advance and making a shopping list can help reduce food waste. You buy what you need.
Use leftovers creatively. By using leftovers as ingredients for a future meal, you reduce food waste.
Store food properly: Using the right utensils to store your food can reduce food waste. Place dry ingredients in airtight containers, and place fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark place. Also, using older foods first when cooking helps.
Food waste composting: Composting is a great way to reduce food waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.
Freezing food: Freezing food is a great way to extend its shelf life and reduce waste.