Food Waste – serious problem, so easy to avoid | footprintsKL

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Not-so-fun-fact: Did u know that Malaysians generate around 15,000 tonnes of food waste per day? By the 18th day, you could fill the whole KLCC twin towers with our food waste! *whaaaaatttt?* These are troubling figures to SWCorp, a government agency dealing with solid waste, even by international standards. Globally, one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted amounting to about 1.3 billion tons per year. The following video by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations illustrates the magnitude of the problem.

Food waste increases by up to 50% during festive seasons

Unfortunately, food waste can increase by up to 50 per cent during the festive periods. According to Hayati Ismail, director of the Food Aid Foundation in Malaysia, the number one source of food waste during Ramadan is domestic waste from private households, second is the pasar malam (night markets) and Ramadan bazaars, third is waste from the food courts, then comes the food and beverage sector.

Everyone can do something about it

But this problem is not really a problem, is it? Just buying and preparing only as much food as is really needed does not require any rocket science or Phd degree…  Now, we found a video with very helpful tips to help us mitigate this issue, slowly yet surely. You can start at your workplace, neighborhood, or even at schools! Check out the video and make sure to be considerate.

For more info, you may visit the Food Aid Foundation, a Malaysian based organization that helps to address this issue. Visit their website or Facebook to support their cause!