I don’t love wasting food. Do you?

Do you waste food? I do sometimes but have become quite good at eating all I take and using all I buy. Mostly probably because I don’t cook so there’s next to nothing to waste from an empty fridge.

Food wastage and lost are huge problems globally. About a third of all the food produced globally, is lost or wasted. Technically, we produce enough food for no one to go hungry in the world. The figurative fact doesn’t comfort any of those 800 million people who don’t have enough food to lead a healthy life. Or to live at all.

I currently live in the wealthy city-state Singapore, which despite its small geographical size is one of the world’s top food secure countries. With the extremely limited agricultural ability, Singapore heavily relies on imports for food. Yet out of it’s annual imports, in 2014 it wasted 13 % of it. According to the statistics form the National Environment Agency, Singaporeans waste 788,600 tonnes of food, which equals to the weight of 108 full load double-decker buses.

Attitude change of consumers – normal people like you and me – is essential to tackle the issue. I recently saw the below disturbing video by Ministry of Funny, giving light to the controversy of food wasting. People on the streets got really mad about the comedian throwing away food and tried to stop him – yet at home, behind closed doors, they do the exactly same thing. All the time. Maybe the food is not intentionally wasted – but it should be intentionally addressed.

Eating every you take and buy won’t directly benefit any of the hundreds of million hungry people. But it is an easy action contributing to more efficient and reliant food distribution chain development and over time supporting to reduction of food waste. Being conscious of ones own choices and demanding grocery markets and food stalls to improve their practices as well will have direct positive impact. Reducing your own food waste is the least you can do.