This month's topic is about food and waste reduction, as they are closely linked. We began with the idea of sharing ideas and strategies for preventing food waste and promoting more sustainable consumption. To facilitate this, we started with a silent brainstorming session and created two mind maps to explore these topics from a broader perspective, fostering more effective ideas.
Later, our discussions revealed diverse viewpoints, leading us to decide to watch the documentary "Food Choice." This documentary sheds light on the consequences of our food choices on our health, the environment, and animal rights. It also highlights the long-term impact of our food choices on personal health, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare, emphasizing that our choices have significant consequences.
The reduction of food waste is an essential and often overlooked aspect of our increasingly globalized world. It is crucial to educate people about food waste from an early age, starting from kindergarten through to the end of their education. In Turkey, we celebrate "Domestic Goods Week" annually, dedicated to activities that promote food waste prevention and local consumption. My own journey in understanding food waste and conservation began during this week.
Given the growing awareness of environmental issues, waste reduction and sustainable food consumption have become more critical than ever. In our personal lives, there are various steps we can take to reduce waste and choose sustainable foods. In this article, I will share my personal experiences with waste reduction and sustainable food choices and provide some tips to help us adopt greener and more sustainable practices in our daily lives. This week we learned how to make "Bee's wrap" a plastic free alternative to help preserve food.
Here are some some other examples of things to try:
- Reduce Food Waste by being more mindful when shopping and eating.
- Purchase Sustainable Food, that is grown locally, in conditions that are respectful of the environment.
- Recycle and Compost
- Prefer Products with Minimal Packaging
- Eat more vegetables and less meat
- Save Water and Energy when cooking
- Grow Your Own Food
- Develop Conscious Consumption Habits by questioning where the food you eat comes from and where the waste you put in the bin end up.