2World Environment Day ('WED') is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.
3The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint.
4According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
5This year’s theme – Think. Eat This year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.
6This year’s campaign rallies you to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.
7Select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process.
8So think before you eat and help save our environment!
9ThinkDo you Waste Food? Wasting food is often a subconscious act. You might think it's not something you do, but check out these facts and you'll realise there's so much food going to waste, some of it might actually be coming from you!
10Think Why does it happen? The main reasons for throwing away food are: Your kids don’t always want to eat what you’ve cooked for themToo much has been cooked or prepared eg pasta and rice all the timeIt hasn’t been used in time - fruit and vegetables are a typical example because they’ve gone off in the fruit bowl or in the fridgeThe food hasn’t been eaten before it goes past its use-by date (keep an eye on the 'best before' and 'use-by' dates. The 'best before' dates are more about quality than safety, except for eggs. So when the date runs out it doesn't mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture).
11ThinkThere are all sorts of reasons why food might not get eaten in time:Plans change.We forget what food we have in the cupboards, forget to freeze or chill something to use at a later date.We simply don’t know how best to use up our leftovers.
12Think And what to do with leftover? Why not give your leftovers a makeover?Making the most of leftovers is a great way to reduce food waste, so to help you with ideas our THINK.EAT.SAVE partner “Love Food Hate Waste” have come up with a free leftover celebrity cookbook, just for you.
13Think Is Food Waste Bad for the environment? You bet! There are serious environmental implications to wasting food. The amount of food we throw away is a waste of resources. Just think about all the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. This all goes to waste when we throw away perfectly good food.
14EatIt goes without saying that for each and every one of us, eating is a crucial part of our daily lives. For some, the act of eating represents pure sustenance; for others, the art of eating is a ritual of culinary delights. But whatever your relationship to food, we can all be smarter -- about the way we eat it, serve it, shop for it and dispose of it. We hope you will find all of the necessary tools and resources you need to reduce your foodprint here. So EAT up… but do it mindfully.
16EatFollow these top ten tips to reduce your “foodprint” and food bill! (contributions by NRDC and WRAP UK)Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.Buy Funny Fruit—many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilizes food that might otherwise go to waste.
17EatUnderstand Expiration Dates— in the US, “sell-by” and “use-by” dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Most foods can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates. In the UK, “best before” dates are also generally manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Likewise, most foods can be safely consumed well after these dates. The important date is “use-by”: eat food by that date or check if you can freeze it.Zero Down Your Fridge—eat food that is already in your fridge before buying more or making something new, which will save time and money. Follow storage guidance to keep food at its best. Websites such as www.lovefoodhatewaste.com can help you get creative with recipes to use up anything that might go bad soon.
18EatSay Freeze and Use Your Freezer—frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day.Request Smaller Portions—restaurants will often provide half-portions upon request at reduced prices.Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.Use FIFO (First in First Out) as a kitchen rule. Check your pantry. Cook and eat first what you bought first. Store newly bought canned goods at the back of the cabinet. Keep older ones in front for easy access.
19EatLove Leftovers --tonight’s leftover chicken roast can be part of tomorrow’s sandwich. Diced older bread can become croutons. Be creative! Ask your restaurant to pack up your extras so you can eat them later. Freeze them if you don't want to eat immediately. Very few of us take leftovers home from restaurants. Don’t be embarrassed to do so!Donate—non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries and shelters. Local and national programs frequently offer free pick-up and provide reusable containers to donors.
20SaveIn secure food areas around the globe, the very act of food shopping, cooking, eating and trashing can be a mindless activity. Little, if any, attention is paid to the way the food arrives on our grocer’s shelves, let alone the acts of harvesting, manufacturing, packaging, shipping and merchandising the food that sustains our daily lives.It is therefore not surprising that there is little awareness of the amount of food that is lost and wasted along the entire food supply chain during production, distribution, consumption and disposal. Yet the economic, social and environmental implications of this enormous food loss and waste are staggering, continue to grow and represent a real threat. It’s time to SAVE… for People, Personal Health, Planet & Pocketbook.
21SaveWorldwide, one in every seven people go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 people die of hunger every day.The seeming paradox to the hunger problem is that there are more overweight than underweight people in the world today.WHO projects that by 2015 approximately 2.3 billion people internationally will be overweight and 700 million will be obese.
22SaveThe global food system has profound implications for the environment and producing more food than is consumed only exacerbates the pressures, some of which follow:More than 20 per cent of all cultivated land, 30 per cent of forests and 10 per cent of grasslands are undergoing degradation;Globally 9 per cent of the freshwater resources are withdrawn, 70 per cent of this by irrigated agriculture;
23SaveAgriculture and land use changes like deforestation contribute to more than 30 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions;Globally, the agri-food system accounts for nearly 30 per cent of end-user available energy; and,Overfishing and poor management contribute to declining numbers of fish, some 30 per cent of marine fish stocks are now considered over- exploited.