Tips and Tricks to Help Reduce Food Waste
August 8th, 2016 - 11:52am
Here are a few tips and tricks to help reduce food waste.
According to the Value Chain Management Centre, consumers are responsible for about 50% of Canada’s food waste. Some studies show that each individual throws out an average of $771 worth of food a year, which amounts to thousands of dollars a family.
The fight against food waste is everyone’s business! Here are 10 tricks and tips on how to reduce food waste at home.
- Plan your meals in advance and buy only the food you need.
- At the grocery store, don’t overlook odd-looking fruits and vegetables. Sometimes you can save money on these sorts of items.
- Prepare a few meals in advance and prepare smaller portions.
- Clean your refrigerator out regularly and make sure that it is set to the proper temperature (usually between 0°C and 4°C for the fridge and -17°C and -15°C for the freezer).
- Organize your refrigerator so that you can find food quickly.
- Store your food in the right place in the fridge. For example, keep fruits and vegetables in the produce bins.
- Use airtight containers if you have them.
- Use up leftovers if there are any.
- Freeze food before it goes bad.
- As a last resort, compost any scraps or food that is no longer good to eat.
I introduced Bill C-231, which seeks to reduce food waste. This bill calls on the government to be a leader in the fight against food waste by developing a national strategy and an awareness day.