Avoiding food waste – The Portugal News

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Food waste is a growing concern. About a third of the food produced annually for human consumption is wasted.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations survey, 89 million tonnes of food are wasted each year in the European Union, which represents 179 kg per capita. Therefore, food waste has a strong environmental, economic and social impact, so it is essential to identify its causes and find new ways to combat it.

To remedy this problem, DECO Algarve is working on its next project: “Save and avoid food waste”. This campaign aims to promote awareness sessions to help consumers make better consumer choices, enabling them to make more responsible and conscious decisions from an economic and environmental point of view.

According to DECO, “consumers’ homes are where most food is wasted. So how can we start preventing food waste?” Find some tips below:

– We should start by planning our meals for the week, as this allows us to plan ahead if we need to reuse leftovers.

– Make a list before you go shopping with only what you need and stick to it.

– Pay attention to sales and only buy what you really need.

– Do not go shopping hungry.

– Whenever possible, buy in bulk – this will make it easier to control quantities and avoid wastage.

This initiative is funded by ACCIONAD-ODS, which is co-funded by EP-Interreg V Spain Portugal (POCTEP). It promotes a cross-border institutional cooperation framework between organizations and institutions in Western Andalusia, Extremadura (Badajoz and Cáceres) and the Portuguese regions of southern Algarve and Alentejo.

“The project will continue until July 15 and we can organize free sessions with the Algarve community”. If you would like to organize one, let DECO Algarve know on 289 863 103 or send an email to [email protected]

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