Food | WWF South Africa

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Becoming food-wise

As creatures of comfort, we generally pick the easiest route in what we eat.
We live busy lives and worrying about what to put on our plates is back of mind. We turn to fast foods to save ourselves a few extra minutes of cooking from scratch.

Parallel to the devastating impact these low-nutritional foods have on our bodies, is the impact they have on the environment. Processed foods require more energy and water to make without offering any nutritional value. The chemicals used in producing this type of food is damaging for the environment.

So what’s the solution?

Just remember the three C’s: Cook from scratch; Cook at home; Cook with friends.

Here's WWF's top tips to avoid food waste:
  1. Regularly check food items for the ‘best before’ date and if you won’t use it in time, give it away. The ‘sell by’ date is for the supermarket, not the customer. Food past the sell by date is generally still good to eat for a few days. When it doubt, sniff!
  2. Store food in creative ways to ensure it is seen, check the fridge and cupboard for available ingredients before shopping and get creative based on the foods that need to be used.
  3. Plan your meals and prepare the right quantities of food or freeze what is left over.
  4. Serve up only what you know you will eat, and allow family members to do the same, rather going back for seconds than wasting food by not finishing what is on your plate.
  5. Use most if not all parts of your food – eat the whole food item from top-to tail. Vegetable peels and off cuts make amazing broths and soup bases, and offal (e.g. heads, organs, hooves) can be used to make wholesome pet food for your dog or cat!

The facts:

  • We produce enough food to feed our nation, yet people go hungry every day in South Africa. Over 11 million South Africans are considered food insecure.
  • In South Africa, one third of our available food (10 million tonnes) is wasted every year – equivalent to six soccer stadiums! The estimated value of this food waste is R61.5 billion, excluding disposal costs.
  • South Africa’s government has made a global commitment to halve food waste by 2030 and is now obligated to create the political and social environment conducive to adopting the available ideas.
  • The transporting of food is the biggest cause of freight emissions in South Africa.
  • Global food wastage is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions because wasted food leads to the production of carbon dioxide and methane, with methane having 28-36 times higher impact than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change.
  • Food waste is also a waste of the world’s land – 60% of which is used to grow food!
  • If current food production and consumption behaviour remains unchanged, food production would have to increase by 70% to feed the expected 9 billion people in the world by 2050.

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