I envy her lifestyle and her commitment to her values, I covet her retirement and although unable to copy her wholly at present (a first floor shoebox of a flat puts paid to any such day dreams of home grown veg, or a large freezer) I try to follow her lead as best I can: minimising food waste as much as possible, freezing anything close to its use by date, and implementing a simple cupboard stock rotation.
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Food waste costs the average person in the UK £200 every year. We throw away a whopping 19% of food we buy, which adds up to 7 million tonnes per annum according to campaigners Love Food Hate Waste
Having given this some thought, I concluded that shopping for food online has enabled me to adopt three relatively simple but hugely important new behaviours that I was previously failing to perform when shopping for food in the supermarket, after work and without a plan. These are:
The status quo is no longer tenable. We owe it to our world, and the next generation, to tackle food waste head on and sow a sustainable future. This means in our own homes as well as in the businesses we work with and who we work for.
You're probably having 'the chat' at the water cooler this week. Perhaps you've started calling your mates to muster up ideas. If you're super organised, you've already Googled "how to decide what to give up for Lent" at least twice by now.
Have you ever thrown away half a loaf of bread because you didn't manage to eat it all in time, poured lumpy milk down the sink or discovered a squashed piece of fruit like a satsuma or a banana at the bottom of a bag? If you have, you aren't alone, I'm guilty of all three of those things too! Wasting food is all too easy because you bought too much, or forgot about it or didn't store it right.
"Where there is unity there is always victory," wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC. So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn't mean we are losing. It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste.
At least that's what happens in our family. Mum always makes one (complete with teeth-breaking icing which I love - fondant is dirty word in our family), has the odd slice over Christmas and then, come the New Year, she banishes all leftover Christmas cake from the house and foists it onto me
Education needs to account for some of the solution and food activists Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are pushing the agenda by launching a War on Waste and bringing Wonky Veg to the fore. We need to re-define what is meant by waste or 'not fit for human consumption'.
Approximately one third of the world's food is wasted. All the world's nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe - let that sink in.
In the UK, we throw away the equivalent of 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings, and a staggering 74 million mince pies, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign run by the Waste Resource Action Programme known as WRAP.
I want to talk about money. For some time, I've been racking my brain thinking of realistic ways I can be better off, when I came to a realisation. Rather than be consumed by the endless quest for more, why not make the most of what I already have.
Growing up, I remember faulty appliances being fixed by either my grandad or at a local repair shop - where a man with a never-ending array of tools would get the job done. We bought when we needed, not when we wanted. We wasted nothing. And I'm not talking about the middle of the 20th Century; I grew up in the late 90's.
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