International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste
September 29th – International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. If all of us take one small step to change our habits, we can all move forward in reducing the amount of food waste we produce.
This day, we have tried to use everybody’s leftovers and convert it to a nice team breakfast. Thanks to all who have contributed! A small amount of food, which would be thrown away at home, turned out to be quite a lot when put altogether.
In Lithuania alone, about 393.8 thousand are lost per year. tons of food. While over 820 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.
Everyone can fight against food waste
Don’t forget that everyone can easily contribute to the fight against food waste and it doesn’t take much effort – just change a few habits:
- Plan your meal (see what you have and plan your meals/portions);
- Shop swarthy (don’t shop on an empty stomach) – probably the best advice;
- Understand food labelling:
there’s a big difference between “best before” and “use-by” dates. The “use by” date is almost food safety. It means that foodstuffs can be consumed until date but not afterwards. “Best before” date is about food quality. The food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best possible taste;
- Love your leftovers (instead of throwing away your food scraps, compost them).
- Sharing is caring (invite friends for dinner or donate food that would otherwise be wasted).
- Eat more pulses and veggies.
According to global statistics, the majority, even half, of food waste is generated in the household. Part of the food is also wasted in processing companies, catering establishments and agriculture. Almost a third of the food produced in the world is thrown away.
The facts speak for themselves:
- Discarded food waste emits methane gas, which greatly affects (accelerates) climate change.
- Every year, food waste in the European Union amounts to 88 million tons or 173 kg per capita.
- Reducing food loss and waste presents an opportunity for immediate climate benefits while improving the overall sustainability of our food systems.
- The largest amount of food waste in the EU is generated in the household – about 53%. Households combined throw away more food than restaurants or supermarkets!
- Fruits, vegetables and root crops which are still suitable for consumption are the ones that gets thrown away.
Let’s be conscious
Think twice. Little changes to our daily habits can make a huge global impact. Less wasted food – more savings and more happy people all around the globe!
To celebrate and educate employees and general public on such occasions are one of the strategic goals within our 5 Year KGC Sustainability Strategy that we have decided to pay attention to in order to contribute for everyone’s better tomorrow.