Stop Food Waste Day

It’s April 28, and that means saying enough is enough to food waste. Today is Stop Food Waste Day, and we need you. Who’s up for saving the planet and saving lives in the process? Yes, this is a big deal, but we can only overcome the problem if we work together. Learn more here.

Educating and igniting change around the hot topic of food waste, Stop Food Waste Day is an international awareness day launched by the private sector but adopted by all.

Hunger, poverty, climate change and sustainability issues are directly linked to the enormous amounts of food going to waste throughout the food chain. This goes for the grower-producer level, going into distribution, retail and finally at our homes. We’re just wasting too much food.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year globally, which’s equivalent to one-third of the food we consume. This means one-third of our plate goes to the garbage, quite literally.

This is an awareness day to encourage people to fight food waste in their lives. Every April 28 is Stop Food Waste Day, and it’s an opportunity to take part in lectures and workshops around the topic.

As stated on the Day’s website, we can all help by don’t over-buying food, freezing food for future consumption, reducing leftovers, and making the most out of the ingredients we use.

Of course, most food waste goes on at the industry level and not our homes. Restaurants throw away tons of food every day, and so do supermarkets and food suppliers. In 2019 19% of the food produced was wasted. That’s 931 million tons of food. And considering there are still large communities globally struggling to get food, we can say we still have a long road ahead.

History of Stop Food Waste Day

Stop Food Waste Day was created in 2017 by Compass Group USA, a leading foodservice company conglomerate with businesses in the restaurant, retail, vending, entertainment, healthcare and education industries. The Group has several companies listed in Fortune 500, with Wolfgang Puck Catering as the best known.

The Group’s core values are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 12.5 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns,” and part of those efforts is Stop Food Waste Day. The goal? Halve food waste by 2030. As the company’s COO Rick Post said, “Very simply, it is the right thing to do.”

The Group has operations in over forty countries, most related to the food industry, so the conglomerate’s commitment might have an impact. They’re not alone, though; Stop Waste Day is for all of us to play a role. We can all help.

How to Celebrate Stop Food Waste Day

The single best way of being part of this awareness day is changing your consumption habits. And make this the first day of the rest of your life — reduce your food waste and cook at home when possible. Buy your fruits and veggies at farmers’ markets and reduce your own food waste one day at a time.

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