Did you know that 50% of our food goes right into the trash? Approximately 25% of what we take home is thrown away – so that’s one of your 4 shopping bags, that you might as well leave in the parking lot.
Last night I saw a screening of the documentary “Just Eat It” that talks all about food waste and food rescue. The film shows a couple from Vancouver, as they spend 6 months living off of discarded/unwanted food – all of which is completely good, non-rotten, foods! It has blown my mind and left me thinking lots about, not just how much food we waste, but also on the cultural ‘norms’ that we live by.
The movie addresses well the whole idea that we expect our food to be “perfect” and thus, we waste much of our food based not on taste or quality, but rather how it looks to the consumer. Which is crazy as I ask you – how would you grow an apple that’s perfectly red, and symmetrical? Obviously this has nothing to do with taste, freshness or quality of the food.
Furthermore, we need to re-evaluate how we use (and fail to use) our food. We over purchase, prepare in mass quantities, and then change our mind of what we “want for dinner” constantly. If we are overstocking our fridge but don’t “desire” any of those foods, of course much will be wasted. And that’s not to mention that many of us don’t know what to do with the food in the fridge. Maybe we bought that head of cilantro for a recipe, but now what do I do with the other half?
This topic is richly complex but it definitely got me thinking – how can I change my eating habits? To be honest, I think the easiest thing I can do, is to be more conscious of what I’m buying and how I can use all of it. Or more so, that I should be eating up what I already have, before running out to buy more.
As part of my inspiration from this, I will try to ensure that my recipes offer a few ways to use produce – so that you can use up that bunch of kale or eat the whole cabbage, before it goes bad.
If you’re interested in the movie feel free to check out the website at http://www.foodwastemovie.com/.