3 Ideas on How You Can Contribute to Food Sustainability
Global food waste significantly impacts our environment and it is a much bigger problem than many realize. 58% of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted. This amounts to a staggering 35.5 million tons of perfectly good food ending up in our landfills each year.
As insane as those numbers are, each of us can make small changes in our homes and daily lives to help create a more sustainable world.
- Create a Grocery Plan for Your Household
The average Canadian household loses $1,766 on food that is wasted each year. It is easy enough to buy more food than actually needed, so it is important to go shopping with a plan. This can be simply shopping with a meal in mind and a list in hand. Just heading to the store with this additional awareness will help you avoid over-buying and save you money.
- Take Stock, Monitor and Donate
Before your next grocery trip, take inventory of what food is already at home and close to expiration. Get friendly with your freezer and freeze what you can!
It is also important to monitor what you are often throwing out. Sometimes we can become creatures of habit and not consciously realize what is ending up in the garbage each week. By tracking it, you may consider buying less of certain food items or storing them differently.
Another tip is to donate what you won’t use. If you have extra food laying around, consider donating these items to a food bank or kitchen. Someone in need will benefit and it will also help our planet.
- Use Brewer’s Spent Grain in Your Recipes
Beer brewing results in a lot of spent grain and it makes up approximately 85% of total by-product generated. Upcycling this valuable supergrain and giving it a second life is one of the many ways you can contribute to food sustainability.
Spent grain and other organic matter that ends up in a landfill creates methane gas which is 25 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide. Food waste results in 56.6 million tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, in Canada alone. To protect our planet, all of us need to rethink our food.
By simply including Brewer’s spent grain in your delicious food creations, you are not only receiving numerous health benefits from it, but you are directly taking action in lessening our impact on the environment. Spent grain can be used in a variety of different recipes, such as veggie burgers, banana bread and pancakes. Who knew that reducing Canadian food waste could taste so good?
We invite you to join Tapped Foods on our mission to reduce food waste in Canada and contribute to a more sustainable planet!
The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste (2019): Roadmap; Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International.https://secondharvest.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Avoidable-Crisis-of-Food-Waste-The-Roadmap-by-Second-Harvest-and-VCMI.pdf