According to The Guardian, Australians squander a whopping $10 billion a year on food waste, most of which was produced by the so-called Generation Y. Based on the RaboDirect Financial Health Barometer 2016 Food and Farming Report, an average household in the Down Under fritters away $1,100 worth of groceries annually. This translates to at least 14 percent of a household’s weekly food items. If you are going to think of it, the amount is enough to build ever-bigger and better kitchens.
A third of the world’s food supply, which is around 1.3 billion tonnes, becomes food waste. Not only this kitchen waste depletes our natural resources, but also greatly contributes to negative environmental footprints. As a matter of fact, if food waste is a nation, experts are convinced that it would rank third in terms of countries with highest greenhouse emissions.
Kitchen Waste: Food Waste Too High
For a sustainable food researcher, Australia is in deep problem with its food waste. To give you a better perspective about this, one in four grocery bags of a typical household is being discarded while the ratio for businesses is one in five grocery bags. Based on the research of RaboDirect, one factor about this food waste mess is the lack of understanding regarding agriculture and food production.
As per FoodWise, there are plenty of reasons why a food is thrown away. One of which is that we cook too much food. When this happens, most of us have no idea on what to do with the leftovers. So it’s either tossed out or left in the fridge to rot. Another source of food waste is buying too much. More often than not, we do not check our stock before going to the supermarket. This leads to overstocking perishable items that we cannot consume immediately. We also tend to buy more than what we need simply because we do not follow our grocery list, or do not make one for that matter.
What Can We Do?
Since young consumers are the biggest wasters of food, it seems only right that they should be the first ones to act on it. The Youth Food Movement in the country has a program called SpoonLed, where members of the Gen Y are encouraged to do something about food waste.
According to World Wildlife Fund, we can reduce food waste starting in our own homes. For instance, we should start planning our meals not only to lessen food waste, but also to save time and money. In addition, we should be creative with our leftovers and buy the things that we only need.