Our society wastes food. It's appalling.
Households in Metro Vancouver, where I live, generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year! And over 100,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten.
Our understanding of food waste has come a long way in five years — when I first shared how to use refrigerator crisper drawers properly.
There's a movement. Follow #NoFoodWasted.
It's illegal. Metro Vancouver said, "Food isn't garbage!" and banned organics going to the landfill. Check out Love Food Hate Waste (@LFHW¬ca). And in France, grocery stores can no longer destroy unsold food. They must donate it.
Five shopping tips to reduce food waste
Pick the first one
This goes for things like dairy items. Don't reach to the back. Grab from the front.
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Pick the last one
Nobody likes to be picked last. Same goes for the lonely head of lettuce on display.
Pick the brown, spotted or crooked ones
Choose overripe produce, sometimes
See that pineapple? It's going to be mouldy tomorrow. And it came all the way from Hawaii! I know it's not organic or local but it's dumpster-bound unless you buy it.
Choose single bananas
Grab a few single bananas next time instead of choosing a bunch.
Are you a food waster? Only you really know. Take the quiz.
Sincerely, Lindsay Coulter
A fellow Queen of Green