Lindsay Coulter is the Queen of Green for the David Suzuki Foundation. In this guest post, Coulter offers up a must-see movie for food-waste watchers, a quiz so you can see how food-waste friendly you are, and five easy tips to reduce the amount of food waste you generate.
Our society wastes food. It’s appalling. Households in Metro Vancouver, where I live, generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year! And over 100,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten.
Our understanding of food waste has come a long way in five years — when I first shared how to use refrigerator crisper drawers properly.
You Can Fight Food Waste
There’s a movement. Follow #NoFoodWasted.
It’s illegal. Metro Vancouver said, “Food isn’t garbage!” and banned organics going to the landfill. Check out Love Food Hate Waste (@LFHW_ca). And in France, grocery stores can no longer destroy unsold food. They must donate it.
Five shopping and cooking tips to reduce food waste
- Pick the first one
This goes for things like dairy items. Don’t reach to the back. Grab from the front.
- Pick the last one
Nobody likes to be picked last. Same goes for the lonely head of lettuce on display.
- Pick the brown, spotted or crooked ones
Imperfect looking produce only wants to be tasted, not wasted (@UglyFruitAndVeg).
- Choose overripe produce, sometimes
See that pineapple? It’s going to be mouldy tomorrow. And it came all the way from Hawaii! I know it’s not organic or local but it’s dumpster-bound unless you buy it.
- Choose single bananas
Grab a few single bananas next time instead of choosing a bunch.
Take the Food Waste Quiz
Are you a food waster? Only you really know. Take the quiz.
For more information, including menus, recipes, food storage tips, and facts
about shelf life and best before dates, visit the Love Food – Hate Waste website:
You can also follow the campaign on social media at: