Updated: Aug 16, 2020
Do you know that an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally each year, one third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This is insane! And according to Action Against Hunger, more than 690 million people still go hungry around the world when there are more than enough food is produced (one third of them is wasted) to feed the global population. That also means we didn't need to stockpile which we did prior to lockdown which was appalling. Utterly insane! What has gone wrong with our human understanding of justice?
There are loads of useful statistics and information about this global issue, so do read them up but here are some useful tips to help us waste less food.
Buffets are always a culprit of food wastage because we often pile up more than we can eat. So only take the amount you can finish or avoid buffets altogether.
When eating out, don't order excessively. Sharing from experience on Chinese dining for example, we don't need to order 10 dishes for a table of 10. We don't even need as many as 8 or 9 dishes. Less than 5 dishes will do and make sure we finish off the food will be more than sufficient! Deliberately over order and leaving some food on the plates is not politeness, it is unreflective and injustice to the labour and effort that have been put into farming, harvesting, transporting and preparing the food.
Use up supplies in the fridge before shopping for more.
Only remove the blemishes of potato skin and carrots. Collect and store root vegetable tops, outer layer of onions, potatoes skin just to name a few which can be made into a delicious broth.
Shop smartly, plan your shopping list in advance before going to the supermarket.
Buy wonky vegetables. There's nothing wrong with them and they contain the same amount of nutrients as the "perfect" looking ones.
Freeze food if you know you can't eat it within the expiry date. I've only discovered freezing since I moved to the UK and what an awesome food saving method.
Opt for a doggy bag if you have much leftover from the restaurant but when you take it home, make sure you eat it!
The above is obviously not an exhaustive list but I'm sure you can come up with more creative approaches.
If you live in the UK or locally in Woking, here are some great apps and food sharing portals.
If you would like to take up a challenge to ration your food so others who are food insecure and in poverty can receive some help, check out Concern Ration Challenge.
Last but not least, GoRendang's business model is pretty much inspired by John 6:12 to cook to order in order to mitigate food waste.
"When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.""
It is also our aim to reach zerowaste and zerohunger but it is a collective effort. So we hope everyone can put in some thought into food portions and reduce waste in their daily food management.
Buy wonky vegetables - Root vege tops made into delicious broth - Zerowaste