In the article, “Nigerian Inventor Fights Food Waste” (BTW) I learned that about ⅓ of food produced in the world for humans every year is lost or wasted. This adds up to 1.3 Billion tons of food every year. Not all countries produce the same amount of food waste, some produce more than others due to problems along food supply or distribution chains. For example, in Nigeria, there is a lack of electricity, making it difficult to preserve food leading to food being wasted. About 31% of the total land use in the country is used to grow food that winds up being wasted. Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, a Nigerian fellow created ColdHubs, ten-foot-square solar-powered refrigerators that keep perishable food cold and fresh for up to 21 days.
I think that this is a lot of food that is being wasted. Many people in the world are food insecure. I wonder if this lost or wasted food can feed all of these people and if there is a way in which this food can be directed to them? Just like this Nigerian fellow, we can all find ways to contribute to solving this problem. It’s awesome how someone can look at a problem, then make a choice on whether or not they would like to do something about it for the good of others.
What are some ways you can prevent the future waste of food beginning in your own household? If we all were to all play some part in this, a huge difference will be made.