Photo: Five shopping tips to end food waste

Grab a few single bananas next time instead of choosing a bunch. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

Our society wastes food. It's appalling.

Households in Metro Vancouver, where I live, generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year! And over 100,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten.

Our understanding of food waste has come a long way in five years — when I first shared how to use refrigerator crisper drawers properly.

Now:

There's a movie! Watch Just Eat It: a food waste story (@JustEatItFilm) by filmmakers Grant and Jen, who ate rescued food for six months. It will change the way you shop and cook!

There's a movement. Follow #NoFoodWasted.

It's illegal. Metro Vancouver said, "Food isn't garbage!" and banned organics going to the landfill. Check out Love Food Hate Waste (@LFHW¬ca). And in France, grocery stores can no longer destroy unsold food. They must donate it.

Five shopping tips to reduce food waste

Pick the first one

This goes for things like dairy items. Don't reach to the back. Grab from the front.

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Pick the last one

Nobody likes to be picked last. Same goes for the lonely head of lettuce on display.

Pick the brown, spotted or crooked ones

Imperfect looking produce only wants to be tasted, not wasted (@UglyFruitAndVeg).

Choose overripe produce, sometimes

See that pineapple? It's going to be mouldy tomorrow. And it came all the way from Hawaii! I know it's not organic or local but it's dumpster-bound unless you buy it.

Choose single bananas

Grab a few single bananas next time instead of choosing a bunch.

Are you a food waster? Only you really know. Take the quiz.

Sincerely, Lindsay Coulter
A fellow Queen of Green

June 10, 2015
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2015/06/five-shopping-tips-to-end-food-waste/

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Mar 12, 2016
6:19 AM

Great tips and ideas! My sister is recently trying to control her family’s food waste and these shopping hints will be of a great help for her. I’m doing this for years and I think minimizing food waste is personal responsibility of each of us. thank you for sharing all this useful information! Greets, Betty from http://rubbishcollectionbloomsbury.co.uk/ :)

Mar 12, 2016
6:18 AM

Great tips and ideas! My sister is recently trying to control her family’s food waste and these shopping hints will be of a great help for her. I’m doing this for years and I think minimizing food waste is personal responsibility of each of us. thank you for sharing all this useful information! Greets, Betty from http://rubbishcollectionbloomsbury.co.uk/ :)

Dec 07, 2015
2:45 PM

It’s important for staff in stores to rotate all stock as they fill shelves, but many stores don’t teach their workers an efficient way, or the importance to the bottom line, so the lazy, overworked or untrained don’t do it. Old stock ends up at the back, new at the front, until package styles change or worse, it expires. When pkgs look old, dusty or damaged, no one wants them. Really people, train your staff. Most customers don’t check dates unless they’ve had a dud. What a hassle, and then you don’t trust the store’s competence at all. I always check now, and because I stock up during sales, I make sure to rotate my pantry supplies by date too.

Aug 04, 2015
3:13 PM

My local Food Basics store in Port Colborne has a discount rack in the back of the produce department. I always shop off of it FIRST! That way, I am keeping that food from being wasted AND getting a price break! And I always make a point of speaking to anyone in the area about how terrible it is that so much perfectly good food gets wasted when there are people going hungry.

Jul 06, 2015
10:43 AM

Why would anyone buy the one that is going to go bad first. Really, such nonsense.

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