In Chippendale they have community compost bins scattered around the streets.  While I was there a woman brought her food scraps down from her unit to the compost bin.  The compost that is made is for anyone to use in their inside gardens or verge gardens.  I think this is a terrific idea.

There are community compost bins scattered around the streets in Chippendale.  I think this is a terrific idea & a great example of sustainability at a local level because it stops food waste going to landfill.  The compost is available for anyone to use on their inside gardens or on the verge gardens.

June 5th is World Environment Day.  This year’s theme is ‘Think. Eat. Save.’

It is about us all reducing our carbon footprint by not buying so much food that we waste it by throwing it away.

Food wastage is a first world problem.  Most of us do not know what it is like to go hungry or have our family or neighbours die from hunger, yet more than 20,000 children under the age of 5-years dies from hunger every day – mostly in developing countries.

Almost 1-billion people in the world go hungry every day & are not getting their nutritional needs met.

I confess. I waste food, mostly because I am disorganised & often buy more than I need. It perishes before I can cook it, so in the bin it goes. This is a waste of resources as well as a waste of money.  I know I am not alone in this, but with some discipline & forethought, we can all reduce the amount of food we waste & benefit the planet in doing so.

The UN Food & Agriculture Organization says –

  • 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted annually.
  • One third of global food production is either wasted or lost.
  • Global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land & is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation & 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss & land-use change – so if we want to help the environment, looking at how, what & how much food we purchase is an important start.

We can do a few things that will help make a difference –

  • Buy organic if you can because of its lower negative impact on the environment.
  • Buy locally grown & locally made food instead of food that has been flown thousands of kilometers. Doing this will reduce greenhouse emissions.
  • Grow your own herbs & vegetables if you can.
  • Buy only what you need.
  • Buy often – so food doesn’t perish before you can use it.
  • Plan your shopping, so you don’t impulse buy.
  • Use leftovers instead of tossing them away.
  • Make sure your fridge is working well & all seals are intact.
  • Freeze food that can be frozen.
  • Compost your compostable food waste.

Most of these tactics are not too difficult to implement into our lives. I am going to give it a serious go – see if I can stop being a food waster – for the benefit of the environment.