Here are some common misconceptions about food waste that you should be aware of:
- Food waste isn’t a big deal: Many people underestimate the environmental impact of food waste. In reality, food waste contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water scarcity.
- Food waste only affects developing countries: While food waste is a serious issue in many developing countries, it’s also a major problem in developed countries like the United States and Canada.
- It’s better to throw food away than risk getting sick: While it’s important to avoid foodborne illness, many people throw away perfectly good food because they are confused about expiration dates or believe that food is no longer safe to eat. In many cases, food can be consumed safely beyond the expiration date or appearance.
- Food waste is a necessary byproduct of feeding the world’s population: While it’s true that feeding the world’s population is a complex challenge, food waste isn’t an inevitable part of the solution. Through better distribution, preservation, and consumption practices, we can reduce food waste and ensure that everyone has access to the nutrition they need.
- Food waste is the fault of consumers: While consumers certainly play a role in creating food waste, the issue is much more complex than that. Retailers, food manufacturers, and other parts of the supply chain also contribute to food waste, and addressing the issue requires a holistic approach.