In Italy in 1-year food waste corresponds to more than 8,000,000 tons of agri-food products, still edible foods that could fill about 60 cruise ships or even 750 TIR. This amount of food could feed about 3/4 of Italy Foods that we throw because they have exceeded the deadline, or because they open the packages and leave half of them there or for simple abundance in our homes. Think that every Italian citizen generates a food waste of 46 kg per year, of which a good 60% could be avoided. Do you know why? Because we’re used to doing it without thinking about it! How many times do we usually leave the supermarket with the full cart buying more than necessary? How many times do we allow ourselves to be tempted by the special offers “take 3 pay 2”? Not thinking that once at home that more packaging will most likely never be consumed and then thrown away?
Translating these quantities into euros, I can tell you that in 2010 it was found that a family throws EUR 450 into a year of food products, which means that in one month it throws about 40 euros, or 8% of the expenditure incurred on the purchase of food. And among the products that are most frequently wasted are milk, eggs and cheeses. These figures should give us food for thought! Let’s be careful when we go shopping. Let’s write a list with the essentials so that we follow it rigidly without falling into promotional temptations. Look at the expiration dates and do not favor long-lasting products otherwise you risk just filling the pantry and finding yourself on deadline day throwing them on the trash.
And give the right price to food: what you don’t pay at the checkout will be paid somewhere else…!