Reducing food waste is a must

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 12:00am


Recently I read about an organisation called Foodlink. It collects excess food from hotels and restaurants and gives it to charity groups focusing on the needy.

This simple initiative greatly benefits the poor. I think we should follow suit and similarly reach out to the needy.

We can start by changing our eating habits. First, we should make our diet as simple as possible: more vegetables, less meat. That will help us ease food shortages as well as help us to lead a healthier life.

We can also donate to Foodlink or volunteer.

We should all treasure food because farmers work hard to produce it. When we have meals, we should think about people who are starving or are malnourished.

Parents should be role models for children by teaching them that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Catherine Cheung Tsz-ying, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your thoughtful letter, Catherine. Foodlink does a very important job in its quest to eliminate hunger in Hong Kong, and they need all the support they can get.

But food waste is also an important issue. Hong Kong's landfills, as we know, are almost overflowing. We can at least slow down the rate at which they fill up. Throwing away food - which has been produced, packaged and transported - has a very negative impact on the environment. But with careful planning, it is easy to reduce food waste.

When you eat out, don't order too much. If you still have a lot left over after the meal, take it home, and have it for lunch the next day.

Similarly, when you eat at home, plan carefully. Whoever buys groceries should have a good idea of what they're going to cook, so they don't throw away anything. The person who cooks should avoid preparing too much - or cook multiple portions so they have enough food for several meals.

Check out sites like for more ideas on how to avoid food waste.

Karly, Deputy Editor