What Do You Think About Wasting Food?
I Hate Food Waste
I can't help it, I think it must be just the way I was brought up. When I was a child in the 1940's, during and after the War, there were food shortages, and food was such a precious commodity that leaving anything on your plate was well-nigh sacrilege. If my brother and I didn't eat every morsel we were given, my parents would say that little children in Turkey and Greece would love to have it, which would occasionally elicit the logical but unacceptable reply "well, let them have it then!"
So I was brought up to scrape my plate clean, and that is what I've done all my life. If any food was left over, it was put to good use for the next meal or to feed the cat or dog.
Why do Some People Aways Waste Food?
Imagine my dismay to be with a partner who always, always leaves something on his plate
He is as compulsive as I am, but in the opposite direction. Where did he learn that? I don't know, but it must be learned behavior, just as mine is.
I've asked him why he does it, and he doesn't know. I suggested psychological reasons -
- that it might be because he came from a large family and sub-consciously needed to grab the food on his plate because he was in competition, but he said it wasn't that.
- Then I suggested it might be poverty (a family of eight must have been hard to feed) - that sub-consciously he needed to make sure he had enough, but he said it wasn't that either.
All we know is that his eyes are persistently bigger than his oojah, and he always puts more than he needs on his plate. He's actually a very small eater, and not greedy, yet seems unable to assess how much he is likely to eat in one meal.
This sometimes leads to arguments, as I can't bear to throw away his leavings, and we are left with little piles of food to be kept for him to eat later (if the flies or cat don't get there first).
A lovely roast chicken, but what do you do with the chicken carcass?
Would you use up chicken leftovers, or do you chuck them in the bin?
People who are very poor can sometimes only survive by living off scraps which other people have thrown away, like the people in third world countries who scavenge from rubbish dumps. But they don't all die of food poisoning, even in these dire cirumstances.
And even in wealthier countries there are some people who scavenge for food, or, at the very least, use food thrown out by supermarkets.
Supermarkets and perishable food
And in these days of recession, many people queue up to see what food is available at a reduced price at supermarkets because it has to be eaten that day. I know of pensioners who like to buy their food in the late afternoon, as this is the time when they can find the best bargains, when the food stores weed out all their perishable food to flog off cheaply before it has to be destroyed.
Would you make something like this with the leftovers?
Waste Not, Want Not
It is not necessarily poverty which drives people to do this - being old doesn't necessarily mean being poor - I think it is because senior citizens are of the old school who lived through the War or post-war food shortages, and were brought up on the saying "waste not, want not", and it has stood them in very good stead - they seem to be far more resistant to wasting food and other commodities than younger people who were brought up in the modern throw-away materialistic era. They can't help it, poor darlings, but the under-sixties do seem to be unneccesarily frightened of their own shadows and horrible diseases, and perhaps, in our current recessionary times, they need to develop a more robust approach to the available commodities.
Recycling on Amazon
Would you eat this cheese? I would - I'd cut off all the mouldy bits and eat the rest
So would you use food after the "use by" date has expired?
What's your approach to suspect food?
The Global Food Waste Scandal
Here are Some Useful Links to Help You to Avoid Wasting Food:
- Produced but never eaten: a visual guide to food waste | Environment | The Guardian
Whether the wastage is measured in tonnes of spoiled goods, hectares of agricultural land or household expenditure, the scale is frightening
- Celebrity chef urges MPs to support food waste bill | Business | The Guardian
Kerry McCarthy takes her food waste (reduction) bill for its second reading in the House of Commons
- Love Food Hate Waste (@LFHW_UK) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Love Food Hate Waste (@LFHW_UK). Love Food Hate Waste highlights the environmental, economic & social impact of #foodwaste & offers tips/recipes/tools to help you reduce food waste & save money. UK
- Food Waste (Reduction) Bill 2015-16 UK Parliament
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision for a scheme to establish incentives to implement and encourage observance of the food waste reduction hierarchy; to encourage individuals, businesses and public bodies to reduce the amount o