Plan Your Food Spend to Reduce Waste18 October, 2011 at 15:36 | Posted in Environmental issues, sustainable development | Leave a comment
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The Stop Food Waste Programme launched this week and funded under the Environmental Protection Agency EPA is advising that a little planning goes a long way to making the shopping trip a reduced waste, cost-saving and a more enjoyable experience.
There are no exact figures in Ireland on the extent of the food waste but the best comparison would be with England where the organisation WRAP has discovered that one third of all food bought is thrown out and this includes potatoes, bread, salads, fruit and meat. This can cost up to 1000 euro for the average household.
The average person throws out 300kg of black bin rubbish each year and one third of this is food waste. Lemons, apples, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, carrots, peppers, broccoli, mushroom and salad are best kept in the fridge while bananas and pineapples are not. Tomatoes, melons and oranges can be stored either way. Potatoes and onions prefer cool dark places for storage. Research shows that if we managed to prevent generating some of our waste and recycled and composted we could reduce our rubbish by 70 per cent.
Odile Le Bolloch, EPA spokesperson said “It’s worth spending five minutes making a shopping list and let the children assist in making the list or let them make a short list of their own. When you get to the supermarket, where possible, let the children use their own little trolley and pick the items from their list from the shelves themselves.