Kosovo joins global campaign “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint”

05 Jun 2013

image On World Environment Day, UNDP has joined the global campaign “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” launched by the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and public and private sector partners. The purpose of the campaign is to raise global awareness and showcase solutions to problem. By reducing waste, we can all save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.

On World Environment Day, UNDP has joined the global campaign “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” launched by the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and public and private sector partners. The purpose of the campaign is to raise global awareness and showcase solutions to problem. By reducing waste, we can all save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.

 

While the world statistics indicate that the amount of food waste is huge every year on a global level, in Kosovo one can only guess the amount of the food waste.  Some of the whole-sale suppliers of the green groceries, fruit and vegetables in Kosovo say that about 10% of the stock is lost. Some retailers from Pristina claim that about 5% of the fruits and the vegetables go to waste, while sitting on the shelves. The bakeries in Pristina mention up to 10% loss of the bread and the pastries. The amount of the household kitchen waste is difficult to estimate.
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon states on his message on this World Environment Day that in order to create the future we want, we must address the loss in today's food systems. This is the vision of the Zero Hunger Challenge, launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
It is safe to estimate that the level of the food waste in Kosovo is well beneath the world and European levels. Nevertheless, the questions remain whether we could still decrease the level of the food waste in the food chain from the producer to the consumer. On World Environment Day, UNDP has joined the global campaign “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” launched by the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and public and private sector partners.
The purpose of the campaign is to raise global awareness and showcase solutions to problem. By reducing waste, we can all save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.
Can something be done to reduce the loss of edible food, not only on global level, but also in Kosovo? The answer is yes! In Kosovo some families spend up to 80% of their income on food. This can be reduced by following some simple steps that a smart consumer can do to save money and prevent  food waste:
•    Buy local, because transportation increases carbon print
•    Buy vegetables and fruit that taste good, not only those that look good
•    Buy a naturally produced food. It is the healthiest for you and also does the least damage to the environment
•    Take a reusable bag with you at the market to avoid buying more plastic bags. If you have to buy plastic bags, look for those that are biodegradable.
•    Never buy more food that you need. Never buy when you are hungry, because it is like shopping for clothes when you are naked, you will take anything, no matter the amount.
•    Give away the excess food you have. There are many families in Kosovo that could appreciate the food. Donations can be given to NGO and Red Cross.
•    Use left over food from the big dinners and parties. There are many creative recipes that involve breadcrumbs and left over meats.
•    Freeze the food you are not able to consume in time before it is spoiled.
•    Recycle food. Organic waste is good fertilizer for gardening.
•    Inform others. Word of mouth is the best way to introduce new environmentally-friendly habits.
Our grandmothers and mothers were right, no food should be wasted. There is always someone hungry, and maybe the trick is to find out who is hungry?
If we all get involved we can make this camapaign support the change. Linking this campaign to other initiatives in Kosovo will for sure help change the way we perceive the food saving notion!