29 September was declared the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, and is that in developed countries one third of the food we eat is wasted. This is from the food we buy, at least a third, goes directly to the trash. This image is not home, at all with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focused on responsible production and consumption.
If you want to make your children aware not to waste food, we give you a few ideas and resources. But the best way is the example, it is useless to know what to do if it is not started.
Awareness-raising campaigns at school and at home
Various public organizations and entities have been working for years, through teaching materials and campaigns, to raise awareness among children and adults not to waste food. Some of these organizations range from FAO itself to more modest organizations such as PROCLADE, PROYDE, or Mother Courage. You can consult online, and download in PDF the Practical Guide to reduce food waste in schools, Good Aprovecho, which can also be used for your home.
Waste food has ecological, economic and social repercussions. Every food that ends up in the trash, which is wasted, is money that is lost and damages the environment. It is imperative that families set an example to children, that they learn to assess the nutrients that are part of their diet, the value of these in their development.
On the other hand, children in turn become a channel to raise awareness and sensitize other people in their environment, such as friends, farthest family, school staff…
Proposals to raise awareness for your children not to waste
To make your children aware and not waste food, make them participate in the process of making the list, going shopping, paying, uploading the shopping, cooking, so they will understand that it is not only about eating, but it involves an effort. There’s a value behind it all. If they also have the opportunity to talk to farmers, farmers or fishermen, they will give them first-hand information about food production.
When you go to the supermarket with your children, and offers come through your eyes, ask them if he really fancy or wants this or that product, or it is a compulsive purchase . Whenever you can buy in bulk. So you’ll get a lot closer to what you need, either a lot or little. Some bulk products, such as dried legumes, have a very long life.
To help you and your family know if you are making good use of food, there is the Audit for Home Waste Management. You can deposit supervision on your children, and know if food is wasted at home.
And before you throw it in the trash check in your environment, you can do it through different apps, such as Too good to go, delighted to eat or yonowaste, if you can donate it.
Tips for not wasting food at home
Almost all of us do it unconsciously, but you need to put a little intent and check the pantry, refrigerator and freezer often. If you prepare a weekly menu, in addition to being balanced, adjust to what you have at home. Learning new recipes and reusing food can be an excuse to make good use of those foods.
At the time of shopping, keep a list. You can do this together at home. If you can go to the store more often and decrease the purchase volume. We will always recommend you bet on local products, with short marketing channels, and seasonal.
Do not discard products that are in good condition just because they are uglier, because of their color, caliber, size, defective packaging. In this article we will not go into assessing why perfection is so far from the natural.