Wasted Food and How It Can Be Prevented


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Half-eaten food about to be thrown away.

People all around the world are affected by starvation, but food is wasted everyday. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about one-third of food made every year is wasted and thrown away. This amounts to almost 1.3 billion tons of food that is prepared yet uneaten and thrown away. With starvation one of the world’s biggest problems that affects roughly 805 million people around the world, wasting food needs to be stopped.

Reducing the amount of wasted food will help the world and cut costs for food. Buying and using food in smart and realistic ways is how people can reduce their food waste. Buying food in moderate amounts and planning what to eat before buying ingredients are some things that can be done in order to shop in a smart way. Cooking a right amount of food to eat and saving and eating leftovers instead of throwing them away can also help reduce waste. Author and activist Jonathan Bloom says that one excellent way of getting rid of unwanted food is donating to food banks and farms. Doing this will help others in communities and prevent food wastage.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) is one organization that spreads tips on how food waste can be reduced. Looking to see if there is anything to eat in the house instead of buying more food is a tip on how to stop buying the same ingredients again. Only buying in bulk when needed is important because not finishing what was bought results in a waste of food and money. One tip on eating all the food in the house is to make food ready for consumption. Cutting and preparing ingredients can make them easy to use in cooking or eating them as snacks. Keeping old ingredients in mind and experimenting with them can help save food. These were some great tips from the EPA.

Wasting food does not only affect hungry people around our world, and it actually negatively affects our world. About 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases come from producing and throwing away food. This makes wasting food the third highest greenhouse gas maker. Also, nearly 30% of the world’s agricultural land area has produced food, but it remains untouched. It is estimated that a whopping cost of $750 billion dollars are  not hard not to prevent food wastages.

Millions and millions of people starve everyday, but almost a third of the food made annually get uneaten and thrown away. Many problems come with wasting food, but they all can be lessened by people who decide to save and eat all their food. People should rise up and start taking action to make a world a better and less wasteful place to be in.