Did you know about 1.3 billion tons of Fruits and vegetables, bakery products, meals, dairy and meet get’s wasted everyday?
Healthy Options is proud to present the Love Food Don’t Waste campaign. This initiative aims to spread awareness on how food waste impacts our lives. It’s not just about saving money, reducing food bills or being mindful of the starving millions around the world. It’s about sustainability and saving Mother Earth. With the global population growing in millions, we are putting so much pressure on our environment just to produce our food. Our natural resources are no longer as abundant as they used to be, yet we waste so much food every single day. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted at every step of the food chain – from farm to plate.
Through Love Food, Don’t Waste, Healthy Options hopes to raise awareness on the staggering amount of food being wasted from farm to plate every day, and inform people about the detrimental impact of food wastage on our planet. Customers can visit the Healthy Options website and Facebook page to be educated on practical tips and solutions to decrease food wastage, and be empowered to stop this escalating problem by sharing the message with their family and friends.
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According to the UN Environment Programme, the impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food loss and waste leads to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labor and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, significantly contributing to global warming and climate change.
A study by Development Research News of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies showed that Metro Manila produces 5,800 tons of solid waste per day, and 75% of these come from households. Food scraps take up half of all household waste (around 2,175 tons), followed by paper (16%), plastics (15%), yard, textiles and rubber (10%) and glass (9%). (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/01/13/11/how-recycle-food-waste)
Based on a study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Filipinos waste up to three table spoons of rice every day. As a result, the country, having a population of 94 million, wastes 308,000 tons of rice every year. This loss equates to P8.4billion a year, enough to feed four million hungry Filipinos or build 24,000 classrooms.(Source:FNRI/IRRI; http://www.malaya.com.ph/index.php/business/business-news/1782-pinoys-waste-308k-tons-of-riceyear)
Based on a study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 30% to 40% of the food we buy gets thrown away. (Source: FAO; http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/mb060e/mb060e00.pdf).
So which types of food is wasted the most? Fruits and vegetables top the list at 26%, drinks 16%, bakery products 13%, meals 12%, dairy 10% and meat 6%. What food have you thrown out lately?
As the country’s largest and only all-natural products retailer, Healthy Options passionately believes in protecting the planet through sustainability and taking responsibility towards making the world a better place to live in. To find out how you can help reduce food waste, make a positive contribution to the environment, and help save the world for our children, visit www.healthyoptions.com.ph or like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HealthyOptionsPhilippines.
Meanwhile I encourage everyone to be more conscious about the food you are wasting everyday. Don’t buy what you can’t consume. Make a conscious effort in doing this and help save the world.
Stay gorgeous everyone!