How food gets wasted
We’ve all done it: purchased a bunch of fresh basil or cilantro for a recipe, then used just a handful. The rest sits in the bottom of the fridge, only to get thrown out at the end of the week (or month) when it’s become tired, wilted or worse. Oh well, what’s one bunch of herbs?
But if that happens with several ingredients each week, you’re throwing out a lot of nutritious and valuable food-and, of course, wasting money. “We estimate that Canadian households throw out $13.4 billion worth of food each year,” says Martin Gooch, director of the Value Chain Management Centre, a food industry consulting group based in Guelph, Ont. “This is a massive amount of largely unnecessary waste that negatively impacts the economy and the environment.”
Of course, don’t let potential food waste stop you from buying fresh food. A few simple changes can help make sure that virtually nothing gets thrown out at your house-your health and your wallet will both benefit.