With about 9 billion people expected on Earth by 2050 now is a good time to re-examine our food behaviour and make a few changes.
Total food losses have been estimated at 1.3 billion tons per year, which represents roughly one-third of the world food production for human consumption. The economic value of food losses and waste amounts to $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing countries. In total, food loss and waste amount to one trillion dollars globally.
Lost and wasted food represents a missed opportunity to feed the growing world population. It also comes at a steep environmental price, as land quality, water quantity, biodiversity are adversely affected. Wasted food also has a strong impact on global climate change.
You can stop good food from going to waste.
An estimated 25 percent of all food calories are wasted each year, and some of that you can stop from happening. Many of us are unaware of our wasteful habits when it comes to food. With about 9 billion people expected on Earth by 2050 now is a good time to re-examine our food behaviour and make a few changes.
Buy only what you need. This may sound obvious, but sometimes it is hard to follow. Think about your week and plan accordingly. Make a shopping list and stick to it. That way you’ll minimize your costs and waste less food.
Don’t throw away perfectly good food.“Best by” and “use by” dates are useful (though more for the retailer than for the consumer), but they are only estimates. To find out how long food really stays fresh use websites like Still Tasty. It will give you the real breakdown on the food in your fridge.
Store food properly. Ensure that food is stored in refrigerators and air-tight containers.
Reduce or share your portions. Ask for a half-portion if you don’t think you can eat a full serving in a restaurant. And don’t be shy about asking to take home your leftovers. Share your food with others or have a dinner party with your recycled food.
Get involved and let your friends know how they can make a difference by making these few changes.
Despite urbanisation, agriculture remains the largest employer in many countries. But it is too often seen as an ’employment of last resort’, avoided by young people, especially by those with secondary and tertiary education. Yet millions of youth remain unemployed and governments appear incapable or unwilling to formulate policies that could provide young people with employment in the fast-changing agricfood sector, bringing consequent economic and social benefits. But what could make agriculture attractive to young job-seekers? Agriculture has always been on my mind because it has been the backbone of every nation. Looking at past, recent and then the present of every developing country you realise that agriculture has been the basis for development. So I find myself in that sector because I want to get involved in that development in my country. I think agricultural policies have not been very responsive to the youth and their situations. So what is required is mainstreaming of the agricultural policies so that they are aware of the youth situation and conditions in order for them to encourage strategies and interventions for youth to participate in agriculture.
I am a woman
I don’t want to roar or go to war
I believe I can speak in a normal tone and still be heard
I can stand perfectly still and manage to get things done
I can influence rather than provoke
I can inspire rather than challenge
I can affect a nation from my home
I can move mountains with my faith
May your road be rough .(Dr Tai Solarin). This was my experience at Songhai training center for sustainable agriculture. My first day in the institute was not a great one I must confess.I was put in the maggot breeding house popularly called Nicon Hilton in the institute. This house is the place where maggots are bred using waste products from animal,plant or brewery. These maggots are then use to feed fishes. I could barely eat for two days, it felt like it was the end of the world and i was almost quitting then i remembered a quote by Dr Tai Solarin (of blessed memory) that the road to success is rough and that the end is always better than the beginning so I made up my mind not to quit because am a winner. By the fourth day I was already acclimatized to everything and I started breeding maggots.
Little did I know that the knowledge I acquired at the unit would fetch me money and also help fish farmers to reduce their cost of production. At present,I work with Jamilaville Farms and we have constructed a maggot breeding house that produces 150kg of maggots everyday thereby reducing the cost of feeding by 50%. Whatever you are interested in,try your possible best to be diligent at it. The holy book says ” A man diligent in his work would stand before kings and not mere men…