1.4 million tonnes of food is wasted in Scotland every year. Across all the 28 countries of the EU it is currently at 89 million tonnes a year.
This staggering amount is preventable. Resource Efficient Scotland is working with Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Zero Waste and Orkney Food and Drink to help businesses in Orkney reduce food waste.
Orkney Food Waste Prevention Week will take place from 22nd-26th Jan 2018.
Helen Armet has been publishing her tried and tested recipes in the Orkney News. Helen’s recipes are not only healthy but can be produced on a tight budget, they reduce waste, they are tasty and healthy. You can find them all in our recipe section.
Food waste is caused in the home when we buy too much for instance ‘buy one get one free’ and then don’t use it all or when we throw out ‘sell buy’ items even though they are perfectly usable. According to Greener Scotland the foods we frequently waste are: fresh fruit and vegetables (including salad), drinks, and bakery products, like bread.
“Every year 380,000 tonnes of food and drink are thrown away which didn’t have to be – this costs the Scottish public over £1bn every year. “
“Some of the food that we put in our household bins never even makes it out of the packet. Food thrown out whole or unopened costs the average household over £128 a year.”
World wide we in the industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons) a year.
How have we got to the stage where we are throwing away so much food?
Good advice is available from Zero Waste Scotland and it is all so sensible that it is rather absurd we are at the stage where we have to be told to:
- plan our shopping
- buy only what we need
- have a range of store cupboard basics which can be used with leftovers
The week long event in Orkney will help businesses to reduce their food waste and in so doing increase their profits. It will also provide training.
There are several events planned throughout the week. Visit the website to book a place.