According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) food waste has a triple impact: environmentalestimating that between 8% and 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with it; economicsince in Mexico the losses reach 491 billion pesos and socialsince, when these foods become waste, they cannot reach the tables of the most precarious families.
In the last year, the increase in the cost of inputs, high transportation costs, war conflicts, among others, have put pressure on the food marketin such a way that several of them showed a considerable increase in their prices and some analysts estimate that this trend will continue during 2023.
Faced with this scenario, the specialists of Sodexo Beneficios e Incentivos México share some recommendations to make better use of food and avoid its waste:
Create something from food that you plan to throw away
It could be making soups, juices and smoothies with parts of vegetables and fruits that would not normally be used. Being creative in the kitchen can prevent a lot of food from going to waste..
Redistribute excess food
Finding a new home for food that would normally go to waste. Excess food can be donated to a local charity, food bank, or sold at a reduced price.
Rescue of “crooked” fruits and vegetables
We can contribute to the rescue of surplus and deformed fruits and vegetables to use them in recipes where appearance is not important. Committing to regularly buying rare items is a great way to reduce food waste.
Start with a small portion
Serve recommended portions and smaller plateswith the option of serving us more, are two ways that can help reduce food waste
Make a list of the dishes that we are going to cook during the week it will help us better plan purchases and optimize the budget for food. In the latter, we can include the benefits and incentives that some organizations grant to their collaborators, such as electronic purses for groceries or food.
Reuse what is normally thrown away
For example, used coffee grounds are often thrown away, but they make a good fertilizer that we can use for plants or gardens.
Our daily actions have a direct impact on the environment, it is urgent to include these tips in your consumption habits for the year that is about to begin to counteract the problem of food waste and make better use of supplies for our day to day.
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