Love Food Don’t Waste

Healthy Options is proud to present our Love Food Don’t Waste campaign. This initiative aims to spread awareness on how food waste impacts our lives. It’s not just about saving money, reducing food bills or being mindful of the starving millions around the world. It’s about sustainability and saving Mother Earth. With the global population growing in millions, we are putting so much pressure on our environment just to produce our food. Our natural resources are no longer as abundant as they used to be, yet we waste so much food every day. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted at every step of the food chain – from farm to plate. 

According to the UN Environment Programme, the impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food loss and waste leads to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labor and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, significantly contributing to global warming and climate change.

A study by Development Research News of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies showed that Metro Manila produces 5,800 tons of solid waste per day, and 75% of these come from households. Food scraps take up half of all household waste (around 2,175 tons), followed by paper (16%), plastics (15%), yard, textiles and rubber (10%) and glass (9%). (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/01/13/11/how-recycle-food-waste)

Based on a study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Filipinos waste up to three table spoons of rice every day. As a result, the country, having a population of 94 million, wastes 308,000 tons of rice every year. This loss equates to P8.4billion a year, enough to feed four million hungry Filipinos or build 24,000 classrooms.

(Source:FNRI/IRRI; http://www.malaya.com.ph/index.php/business/business-news/1782-pinoys-waste-308k-tons-of-riceyear)
To find out how you can help reduce food waste, make a positive contribution to the environment, and help save the world for our children, visit www.healthyoptions.com.ph or like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HealthyOptionsPhilippines.


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