Statistics show that almost one-third of the total world’s food production that is made for human consumption is wasted every year, which amounts to more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste per annum. In terms of money, almost $680 billion is wasted in food wastes from the developed countries and about $310 billion from the developing countries. This amount is not small. In fact, no number is small when the world, on one hand, faces problems of overpopulation, hunger, and deaths due to starvation.
Here are some ways by which food waste technology can be utilized to feed the starving world.
- Buy less food when you are out shopping. This prevents you to throw out less decayed and expired food products, which could otherwise have been used by someone else in some other place.
- In addition, order less food when you are dining out or ordering in. In most cases, people tend to order more, which often results in huge wastages. Rather make it a practice to donate the leftovers to the poor and needy and earn some good karma in return.
- Further, you could be creative and bring out the food scientist in you by creating something new and palatable out of leftovers and excess food.
- Make recycling food waste a mandatory practice. Not only homes but also even grocery stores and food outlets must practice food waste recycling and convert it to compost. This would reduce a large number of landfills.
- Do not discard food because it is not geometrically fit and beautiful. Many consumers including grocery stores buy only perfectly round fruits and vegetables because of the visual appeal but what good does it do or how different is it from the asymmetric fruits and vegetables is not established.
For some high-tech food ideas, check out MovoMovo. The one good thing about hunger is that it can be satisfied, unlike all other human needs that only tend to grow. Hence, look out for ways to minimize food waste, convert them into useful alternatives, and feed the starved because every grain counts.