Did you read the article in the Guardian that said almost half of the food in the world is thrown away? If you didn’t, then go to this link.
As shocking as the article may be, it did not come as a surprise to me. One of the reasons I became a vegetarian is the useless waste of meat being thrown away in supermarkets. Animals have died for absolutely nothing if they end up in the bin. It really pains me.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to the supermarket at the end of the day, feeling hungry and bought too much food, later realising I had that meeting on Tuesday and that dinner party at a friend’s on Thursday …so at the end of the week I found myself throwing away vegetables. What a waste.
I’ve also been to cheaper supermarkets when times were tough and bought fruit and vegetables which were on the brink of going off because they had been picked or harvested ages beforehand and kept in a cold store. The trouble is, the moment they are kept at room temperature they start to deteriorate rapidly and before you know it, they’re ready for the compost bin.
It’s shameful, verging on obscene considering that people are dying of hunger in other parts of the world. So how can we, in the West, eradicate waste like this?
Grow your own!
The answer is to …GROW YOUR OWN! When you grow your own you can harvest what you want, as much as you want, whenever you want. When you grow your own, you experience and appreciate all the hard work that goes into growing food. You get resourceful in the kitchen too because it really hurts to throw away stuff that you’ve tended and laboured over, sometimes for months. You invent or discover new dishes from left-overs (check out this River Cottage link for a great left-overs recipe) but most of all, you enjoy the best tasting vegetables and fruit around.
As well as growing your own, try and buy as much organic locally reared meat as possible and have at least one vegetarian day per week. Even if you don’t have a lot of space outside, you can still grow vegetables and herbs in containers and on window sills for example. You could even create a vertical garden!
How about this for a New Year’s Resolution – stop wasting food, grow your own and be more creative in the kitchen!