When we talk about food waste, it is not just food but all the other resource that has been used to make that one meal. From the added labor, energy, water, and other raw materials, food waste is a shame to all of us with billions going to bed, unfed. According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, 1.3 billion tonnes of food get wasted every year, which equals one-third of all the food that is prepared, globally. The guilt has led many organizations and individuals to achieve food waste reduction in numerous ways, although not all targets are met efficaciously as the statistics are still shocking.
Food Waste Theory by Author and Campaigner, Tristam Stuart
Today, the world produces 17% or more food than it used to prepare 30 years ago, sadly, not all of it makes it to the human bellies. With such unfortunate happenings, Tristram Stuart helped us understand food waste and its effective management back in his 2012’s Ted Talk. According to his understanding and beliefs, if our world was assumed to be nine slices of bread, one slice gets cut off due to poor storage and human inefficiency. The next three slices get used to feeding the farm animals to help them produce further products for us. Although what is fed to the animals is not the same proportion that we get back, concluding that animals would bring us back just one slice of the original 9-sliced bread, while they consumed three. From what is left of the nine slices and the one brought back by the farm animals, two slices of bread end up being wasted due to inefficiency, expiry, spoilage, and other factors. Sadly, what is left in our hands for consumption are just four slices of bread which are quite disturbing and stressful to know.
It is why we decided to add up all the factors that are ending up creating tonnes of food waste, how we challenge this food waste dilemma, and what is the role of food delivery apps in the global food waste reduction target. Let’s get to know more about it.
Food Waste Challenges
If you also had the question as to why food gets wasted in the first place, here are some of the most common causes of food waste in households, businesses, restaurants, and more.
- Human Inefficiency and incompetency
- Time Management
- Technology-less operations
- Low storage facility
- Overproduction of food
- Overbuying of food
- Food spoilage
- Change in human demand
- Incorrect forecasting of the human demand
- Inadequate planning
- Unstable markets
- Shipment damage
- Natural calamities
How are food delivery apps helping reduce food waste?
With tons of food delivery services and online grocery delivery services taking over the conventional buying trends, it is easier for businesses to take advantage of their convenience and add a low food waste target to their business values. Business can enhance their substantiality credentials, hence not only inspiring consumers but an overall industry to gain a competitive advantage over others that will allow them to attract more investors as well as consumers. Here is how delivery services wish to create a positive impression by solving food waste issues all around the world.
From what was once seen as a challenge, digital minds now helped us to see it as an opportunity. Giant tech companies have started to invest in the cause of reduced food waste, resulting in improving overall food business efficiency as well as offering tech solutions that can enhance further business operations.
Coming right from the minds at Silicon Valley, today we have tons of food apps that deliver left-out food from other food restaurants. The food delivery apps allow the user to browse for themselves, pick up the food parcel at reduced cost and enjoy meals that were once destined to go to the garbage bin. To add on, grocery and food delivery apps of today also require you to mention the dietary requirements to assess the need for the food and send it accordingly.
Too good to go is one online delivery service provider that has been actively playing its role in reducing food waste by connecting the unfed masses to stores with unsold surplus meals. Acting in Europe and North America, the app longs to bridge the food gap to let all lives have enough on their plates. Working with several universities and schools for educating a similar message, lecturers, seminars, and more have been conducted by the organization to give rise to the effective spread of the ‘low food waste message’.
- Food Policy
Food quality and food standards are other issues that can be taken care of. From resetting the values of ‘not pretty on the plate goes to waste’ to ‘let us save it for the unfed’ is the message global delivery services are trying to spread to create awareness and consciousness at a global level. From what is put forward on the shelves to what is presented on plates in five-start restaurants, organizations are building up clear food policies that emphasize quality over food appearance
This major change in food policy has helped millions of stacked items on the store shelves to get loaded in trucks rather than going to waste because the once set quality standard didn’t allow restaurant or store owners to take it away. Thanks to names like Karma and Olio, people now have the right to pick up unwanted products from nearby stores and wholesalers, that aren’t expired, just not good enough to be on the shelf, at discounted prices. From catering to local communities to meeting neighbor-wide food requirements, heaps of leftover resources are successfully reached out to the most deserving families, cutting down on food waste. Hence, the apps of today inform, allow and deliver the leftover or surplus items to unfed masses cutting down on food waste more than ever.
Challenges are encountered in almost all walks of life. How we deal with them is our test to show our best by making the most of what is available to us. From food waste to climate change, feeding the unfed to resolving hunger issues, global missions carry immense importance and they can be met effectively.
The combined efforts of individuals, organizations and now emerging food businesses and delivery apps can contribute towards a low food waste world where food is stretched to those in need rather than going in the bin. By making the best use of technology, AI-integrated apps, increasing human efficiency through awareness, mindful missions, and more, the collective effort is expected to bring a drastic change in how significantly food waste gets reduced. So, shall begin to be a part of the greater change from today?