Did you know that a third of the planet’s food goes to waste because of cosmetic reasons? It may be because of small blemishes, because they’re too large or too small or simply because the colour is slightly different. To help reduce this staggering statistic, you can do your part by shopping at places that provide otherwise rejected fruit and vegetables.
According to National Geographic, if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world after China and the U.S. And the food waste from our planet would be enough to feed 2 billion people! Wrap your head around that!
To add to the fact that most of our food isn't sustainable, are food miles. Calculating road transport alone, our shopping basket has still travelled 21,073km which is almost equivalent to the whole way around Australias coastline. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions estimate for all food transporting trucks carrying 25 items on any given day is the equivalent of 2,830 cars driving for a whole year! And that’s just for one shopping basket with 25 items! (Community Environment Park’s Food Miles Report, 2008).
As you can see, our food choices are far from sustainable but lucky there’s things you can do to help reduce food waste and food miles. Some major retailers have set aside sections for this kind of produce and businesses such as Uglies Snacks have come up with an awesome plan to take imperfect potatoes and turn them into delicious chips!
By also choosing to shop locally, you’re helping to reduce greenhouse gases and we can guarantee that your produce will be fresher and a lot tastier!