How Do We Reduce Food Wastage?

By Arod Danila 1MD2

According to the National Environmental Agency (NEA), food wastage in Singapore has gone up by about 20% over the past 10 years. However, only a measly portion of that food wastage is actually recycled as most of the wasted food is disposed of and ends up in landfills. In 2019 alone, there were 74,000 tonnes of food wastage, with only 18% being recycled. Hence, this is an issue that needs to be addressed by the masses. This is especially detrimental as food wastage constitutes 10 per cent of our national waste. As Singaporeans, we need to hinder the worsening of this problem. How exactly can we do this?

Food Wastage Statistics (NEA)

Firstly, we can avoid overspending on food. While it may be tempting to go all out on the scrumptious food at the trendy restaurant you have been eyeing, there is a high likelihood that you won’t be able to finish all of the food. As the saying goes, never bite off more than you can chew, which is especially apt in this context. When eating out, never buy food if you fear that you might not be able to finish it. Otherwise, you would be contributing to the problem.

Unfinished food

Secondly, there are charities where you can donate your food to. One such example is Food from the Heart, which organises food donation drives where people can donate their food to the needy. In addition to solving the food waste problem, it also caters to the underprivileged in our society. If you are feeling generous, why not give it a go?

Food donation drive by Food from the Heart

Lastly, did you know that food can be turned into compost? That’s right, if you have a garden or plants at home, food waste can be turned into compost which can provide nutrients for the plants. With multiple tutorials on the internet, it is relatively simple to create compost out of food. Not only are you helping reduce food waste, but you would also have a creative method of improving your plants’ growth!

Compost created from food waste.

Food wastage does not have to be the major source of waste that it is today. Through the efforts of multiple people, it is possible to reduce it, albeit requiring a large-scale effort. Therefore, everyone has a part to play in reducing food waste. By following these tips, I am sure that you would be able to do your part.

“We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should.”

Bill Gates

While Gate’s idea might not be possible at the present, there are still steps that we can take to ensure that our food does not go to waste, and it is our responsibility to try to do so.

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Singapore National Environment Agency

Food from the Heart

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