The global health crisis of the pandemic, COVID-19, has been a time to reflect on situations that we really value and the most basic needs. Uncertainty led us to value something that we think is normal and that many do not have: food!
This year the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) for the World Food Day (celebrated on October 16) launched the theme: “Grow, Nourish, Sustain.Together”. This theme aims to make the population aware of global solidarity in order to help all populations, especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the crisis and make food systems more resilient and robust so that they can resist volatility. Because food is the essence of life and the basis of all our cultures and communities.
The environment has suffered from human impacts for many years. In terms of food, this can be felt due to food waste and food inequality in the world. We all have a role to play and recognize the need for sustainable food.
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Here are some tips to avoid food waste. With so little, we can do a lot!
1 - Avoid the use of packaging: packaging / wrappers and paper or plastic bags that protect the food we consume are one of the reasons for the increase in the volume of waste on the planet. To do so, it is recommended that you buy fresh, unpackaged food or use biodegradable versions.
2 - Enjoy 100% of your food (whenever possible): most people, when it comes to cooking, waste pieces, the peel and other portions of the product that are left over. Getting the most out of food is essential, so it is important to save all food waste and reuse it in other recipes.
3 - Purchase regional and seasonal products: a good way to reduce various environmental impacts is to prefer food produced in your region, as well as in the season of your production, avoiding the impacts on the environment that are generated by storage, conservation, transport and duration expiry date.
4 - Value the consumption of organic products: organic food goes through a sustainable production process in all its phases, with the objective of reducing the damage caused to the environment.
5 - If you have a balcony or garden, plant aromatic herbs, vegetables and fruit trees: this type of fresh and organic food is guaranteed at low cost. In addition, the shorter the trip, the better the nutritional properties of fruits and vegetables are maintained.
6 - Take advantage of leftover food: reuse the leftovers from other meals to make other recipes and don’t waste these foods (eg, a rest of vegetables or roasted chicken can be the basis of a quiche.)
These are just a few habits to contribute to a more sustainable diet. With the change in his attitudes, he will be able to serve as an example for the people who are closest to you (friends and family), thus infecting them to adopt these new behaviors. To do this, just put these tips into practice.
Our actions are our future.
By Adriana Martins, Nutritionist
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