Stop Food Waste is a national programme involving all Local Authorities.
You can reduce your food waste by doing the following:
- Planning food shopping- avoiding packaged fruits and vegetables - buying only what you need
- Learning how you can store and freeze your food
- Home-composting for raw food waste
Food waste is a major contributor to Climate Change.
In Ireland we are generating at least 1 million tonnes of food waste each year with the majority of this managed in Ireland. While some is anaerobically digested for energy recovery, composted or rendered for animal food much of it still ends up in landfills. Anyone who has lived near or smelled a landfill knows when food rots the gases and liquids given off are bad news. But this is only part of the problem, there is a whole load of environmental impacts long before we the consumers dispose of our food waste.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) calculates that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, directly contributing to food shortages, water stress, unnecessary biodiversity loss, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. This means that, after America and China, food waste is the 3rd largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions with 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 a year.
But what does this mean?
- 1.4 billion hectares of land, which is equivalent to 28 per cent of the world’s agricultural area or 200 Irelands, is used to produce food that is then lost or wasted.
- In addition, each year three times the water that flows through Russia’s Volga river is required to produce food that is ultimately wasted.
- As a result of all this, the economic losses associated with food loss, excluding seafood, are estimated to reach €550bn a year… at a time when the global population is getting ever bigger, putting a huge strain on the existing food supplies
For tips on how you can reduce food waste visit www.stopfoodwaste.ie