One of the biggest factors we face when it comes to efficiently feeding the world is the issue of food waste.
Studies have shown that we produce enough food to feed the global population, yet 800 million people go hungry each year. Alongside issues such as poverty, national disaster and civil unrest that impacts accessing healthy food: a staggering one third of the food produced globally goes to waste. Fresh food in particular; fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers, have the highest wastage rates of any food.
Countries that actively encourage consumerism, are one source of the problem. They produce mass-engineered food products for a rapidly growing society, often with little thought to the long-term impact. This thoughtlessness in production then pervades into our buying behaviour. Buy now, think later. “Do we really need that?” “Are we going to eat that” - these thoughts come secondary, if at all.
Multi-product deals, oversized portions at restaurants and best-before dates lead to the waste of thousands of tonnes of food every year.
If we focused on combating waste to meet food demands, it would prove more effective than any efforts to increase food production. This would also reduce the strain on our natural resources, slashing the need to farm with genetic modifiers. And, could unleash the full potential of organic farming solely with natural methods to protect the future of our planet.
There are other ways we can work on reducing our impact: buying consciously, meal-planning, composting, growing our own…
At Goodery we are committed to supporting you to make simple, everyday changes which will add up to reducing waste. We carefully design four sizes of deliveries to feed a variety of households, with no food waste.
We also have exciting plans in the works to help you live a reduced waste lifestyle. Watch this space for incoming news on plastic-free offerings of Goodery Go - your weekly shop delivered, with zero waste.
We are also working on regular content to support in other areas of your lifestyle.
Upcoming next week: a special guide to care for your plants with household food waste!