Last week, we talked about Important Food Habits You Should Adapt This Year where we pointed out just how you’re eating food wrong. We’ve decided to upgrade that list by adding three more food habits you should take up. These habits will help us contribute to food security.
- Buy that “ugly” fruit and vegetable:We all like beautiful things. When shopping, we tend to buy pretty clothes and shoes and apparently, pretty food too. In America, about 6 billion pounds of produce go unsold annually largely due to aesthetic reasons. According to Johnathan Bloom, author, activist, and creator of WastedFood, the three main factors of food waste are; abundance, beauty, and cost. This means that a lot of people take the look of their fruits and vegetables seriously and could discard food if it doesn’t meet their aesthetic standards. While startups such as ImperfectProduce and FullHarvest are working towards reducing this problem, we can also make changes by purchasing that fruit or vegetable that isn’t aesthetically perfect.
You can put them in your meal, use them to make smoothies, salads, jams, or juices.
- Store Food Properly:When food is not stored properly, it spoils and leads to food waste. Simply putting food in the refrigerator is often not enough as different food items require different temperatures. There are also certain fruits and vegetables which do not require refrigerating and will spoil upon refrigeration.It is important to know your food item and what storage option is most appropriate for it. This will help in avoiding food wastage.
- Keep Track of What you Throw Away:Keeping track of what food you threw out helps you make more informed decisions in future. For instance, if you keep a log and it reveals that you throw out a lot of bananas, you’ll think twice before purchasing them next time.Which of these habits will you be adapting this year? Let us know in the comments section below.