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How to reduce food waste

We throw away a third of the food we produce worldwide. But how can we limit this waste? Episode 10 of our series of stories on eco-citizen initiatives with French author Julien Vidal.

How can we limit food waste?

If food waste was a country, it would be the third CO2 emitter in the world behind China and the United States. Why? Because we throw away a third of the food we produce worldwide. Today, we’re going to take a look at how to fight food waste. Julien Vidal, author of the book “It Starts With Me,” explains it to us. First tip, before you go food shopping, take time out to prepare recipes so you only buy what you need. With organic vegetables, in most recipes, you can leave the skin on. There are loads of things you can do with peelings. A typical idea for potato peelings is to make chips. You can make pesto with carrot tops, and more surprisingly, you can keep a watermelon skin to make pickles.

Another key action is to understand the difference between UBD and BBD. You can see it here, it’s labelled “best before”. That’s a BBD. A Best Before Date, whereas a UBD is a Use By Date. So, here it’s labeled “best if used by”. That means that even past that date, it can still be eaten. Another tip for fighting food waste, is to go through your cupboards from time to time to check the expiration dates on your food. “Vegetables will go over there, and then the products we’re going to give tomorrow morning, chilled and in first necessity, go here in these fridges over there and we fill them up like that. With distribution at Food Banks, in general a Food Bank gives vegetables, but it can be 2-3 boxes of zucchini and not everyone can cook them. So, the difference at Le Chaînon Manquant is that the organization provide meals,” Jean-Pierre Ricci Solidarity Boutique - Abbé Pierre Foundation.

Food waste happens at home, but a great deal also happens in stores. Apps like Too Good to Go, Linkee or even Phenix help you salvage unsold goods destined for the trash. There are associations that act as a link between food waste and people who are most in need like here with Le Chaînon Manquant. On average there is 70 kilos in supermarkets. Le Chaînon Manquant fights against food waste, and also against food insecurity. Their aim is to give people a temporary home and help them become independent again. In France, 1 out of every 10 people is currently in a state of food insecurity. 10 million tons of food gets wasted every year.

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08/18/2019 8:31 AM
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11 comments

  • Anita L.
    03/29/2020 22:05

    “We”? I don’t know about you but we here eat everything we buy.

  • Marina S.
    03/29/2020 12:24

    I like it. Except it may have been better to throw out the leftover restaurant food rather than have to use a a to go container and then have to throw that out.

  • John Q.
    03/27/2020 19:09

    People don’t starve because food is wasted. People starve because of corrupt governments and misguided political systems.

  • Jeanette L.
    03/27/2020 14:10

    Before we had UBB and BBDs, we checked our food 'organoleptically'. Big word, just means we used our senses; touch, smell, eyesight etc. and a bit of common sense!

  • Alaa A.
    03/27/2020 13:53

    Humans need to develope their minds to understand what this video mean.

  • Toni B.
    03/27/2020 12:22

    Lock them in their house with a limited amount of food to get through that two week in.

  • Buwana C.
    03/27/2020 12:18

    By "Lockdown" .sss..😉

  • John R.
    08/22/2019 20:36

    Well if we over produce food. Then just grow less. Problem is solved.

  • Istvan J.
    08/18/2019 13:37

    We dont produce , we buying it. The big concerns produce, they make waste, they do shit on this earth

  • Sangeeta B.
    08/18/2019 13:27

    Ask the value of food to a hungry person or look at a hungry child ‘s face. It’s the most dreaded sight. Never never waste food.

  • তৌসিফ ত.
    08/18/2019 10:07

    i do number_6 all the time