Your favourite pizza joint has a buy-one-get-another-for-half-the-price offer. How can you resist? It’s great value for money after all. You order in. Before you realise it, you have two hot scrumptious pizzas sitting in front of you. The melting, stringy cheese, colourful veggies, succulent chunks of meat and that pillowy crust, all lure you into gastronomic heaven. Squashing the tinge of guilt over excessive food, you tell yourself that finishing two small pizzas should not be difficult. You’re doing a movie marathon in front of the telly and you’ve been good the whole week as far as being mindful of what you eat is concerned. You deserve it.
Half a movie and five slices later, you don’t want to even look inside the boxes. The leftovers have not just gone stone-cold, the cheese looks like melted plastic and the strong odour from the veggies and meat leaves you feeling nauseous. Straight to the bin, they go. Your conscience does nudge you a bit as thoughts of world hunger and poverty cross your mind, but you assuage it with ‘it’s only a few measly slices of pizza and you don’t do this often’.
But what you just did makes you an accomplice in one of the UAE’s most disturbing statistics: the annual production of three million tonnes of food waste. From stale loaves of bread, relishes and condiments that come along with combo meals to cartons of milk and yogurt that have passed use-by dates and massive amounts of leftovers the F&B industry generates overall, the overwhelming volume is a reflection of our skewed relationship with food. It’s time for a reality check. Read our report on page 18 for tips on how we can stem this mind-boggling loss of resources. Until next week,
From STALE bread to milk cartons that have passed USE-BY dates and LEFTOVERS the F&B industry generates, the OVERWHELMING volume of FOOD WASTE in the UAE reflects our skewed ties with food