Zero waste shops
1.3 billion tons of food is wasted per year. That's 30% of worlds food. You might think it's just that one meal that you can't eat, but what if every single person thought that. What about then?
The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life. As you probably realise we are no where near global food security and it is unlikely that we will see it occur in our lifetime, but this has always been a problem. So why bring it up now?
Rising temperatures and unsustainable farming practices has resulted in an increasing threat of food insecurity.
Rising temperatures reduces crop yields by reducing photosynthesis and soil fertility. This means that agricultural output is lower, and with a world population predicted to grow to 9.1 billion in 2050, that's not good. The way that water is managed in agriculture has caused wide-scale changes in ecosystems and undermined the provision of a wide range of ecosystem services.
What can you do?
I'm sure by now you are all brilliant at reducing your carbon footprint, but there's something that can make your life a little bit easier. Introducing zero waste shops, as well as cutting down on pointless plastics and single use packaging, zero waste shopping can help combat food waste as you only buy what you need and help you eat healthier ingredients.
It's easy to say that we're a world full of heartless, money-centred people and sure, they exist. But I can't help but be proud that enough people care about the planet to make this a thing.
Zero waste shops are everywhere, all you have to do is search it up and you can help your home that little bit more.
You can have a healthier lifestyle without wasting meals, and you can buy food that's not wrapped 50 times in non-biodegradable plastic that goes on to end up in our seas and landfills.
Sorry there's been a gap in blog posts, but I hope you've kept going with being incredible planet savers.
Until next time, remember to be your own superhero.