In Spain, supermarket and hypermarket managers admit anonymously They throw about 20% of fresh food, as well as meat and fish.
“One of the determining factors in the new way of feeding is time. We don't have it and that prevents us from thinking“, Explains the professor of Sociology at the University of Oviedo Cecilia Díaz. In his opinion, there is less and less interest in food, in learning how to take advantage of the remains of some foods to rework. And who does not remember those delicious croquettes that our mothers made with the remains of the chicken from the previous dinner?
Cecilia Díaz also points out that advertising It has an increasing influence on purchases and that fresh foods are not advertised, so we tend more and more to the purchase of packaged products, whose forgetfulness at the bottom of the pantry or the fridge is more common.
Different international works show that who waste most they are those who live alone, followed by young couples without children. And those who are more careful with food are those over 65, who have more time to think about what they are going to eat and to go more frequently to shops to buy in smaller quantities apart from, allow me this little personal contribution, the only ones that probably know what it is to have gone hungry in life. In the houses with children the situation is intermediate, there is more planning, but the availability of time is also limited.
In short, that issues such as the food crisis and global warming - the production, transport and incineration of surplus generates unnecessary pollution - are still far from certain individual behaviors such as food waste, despite the high level of awareness that exists between the population about the uncertain future of the planet. So, once again, don't forget the following: Think globally and act locally. Remember that there are a lot of people who could feed themselves with what you throw in the trash and that, at least, out of respect, deserve to review your shopping and behavior habits.