800, 000 tonnes of edible food, which is worth $2.5 billion, gets wasted by households (particularly young consumers aged 18-24 and households with children) in NSW each year.
Why do we waste so much food?
Edible food being thrown away by households in NSW due to a lot of reasons and the main reasons are the following:
– Lack of skills and knowledge – Some people do not know how to store and handle food properly or what to do with leftovers; some people are confused about “best before” and “use by” date labels.
– Poor planning/food management — Excess buying and portion over-estimation always result in food getting wasted. Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase, which is one out of five bags of groceries they purchase (Food Know How 2014)
– Personal choice and lifestyle — Edible food being thrown away simply because it does not look right, leftovers being thrown away, and people buying takeaways instead of cooking what they have in their fridge, etc.
But aren’t we so lucky to have access to amazing quality produce and food in Australia?
We should appreciate food and be GRATEFUL,not WASTEFUL!
Show our food some love, finish it all! Don’t Waste!