Where does food waste really come from?
Have you ever wasted food because you overestimated your appetite, because you didn't like what you were eating or because you waited too long to eat your meal?
Do you feel guilty for participating in the food waste that has a huge impact on our dear environment?
The answer is yes?
Don't worry dear consumer because in reality, you are only contributing to a small part of the food waste.
It has been estimated that in Canada, more than 86% of all food production is lost before it reaches your plate1.
How does this happen?
Food Supply Chains
Remember, the food you see on your grocery store shelves didn't just get there. Instead, it has to go through a series of steps to get to you, the consumer.
First of all, the food has to go through the production stage where losses occur due to non-compliance and where a large amount of plastic packaging and gas emissions pollute our environment.
After their production, they are transported to the warehouses. At this time, these long distances not only damage the food, but also contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases harmful to the planet.
Food storage is a big player in food waste because it is at this point that food loses a lot of its freshness. If we take the example of basil, once it is picked, it already starts to spoil before it is even in your household.
After that, the food has to be transported once again, but this time to your grocery stores. Again, these long distances spoil the food and emit huge amounts of CO2.
If by this time the food has made it to the next stage, it must now face the judgments of the grocery stores. In other words, if it doesn't look, shape, size or color right, it is undeniably rejected despite tasting just as good.
Wasting food not only means wasting food, but also the natural resources and labor used to produce it. This means that the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted per year worldwide have unnecessarily emitted monstrous amounts of carbon dioxide and methane in the transportation and burial of food waste2. That's not to mention the huge amounts of water and plastic used for nothing around the world.
There are so many solutions that you don't know which ones actually have an impact?
With the greening of our society, we are becoming overwhelmed by the many possible solutions to mitigate the heavy environmental impacts of food waste.
Yet, food waste is not decreasing the way we want it to.
Are we on the right track?
Are there other more optimal solutions that would truly reduce this serious issue?
We are bearers of good news!
For certain foods such as small vegetables, fruits, herbs, microgreens and herbs, there is a solution that is capable of completely eliminating food waste.
Are you curious to know?
HomeFarming is the art of growing your own food at home so that you become the master of your food security.
This new trend that is becoming more and more fashionable since the pandemic is THE solution that has the capacity to abolish food waste of small vegetables, fruits, herbs, micro-greens and aromatic plants.
Thanks to the indoor conditions of homes that are conducive to growing, you can have your own food on hand at all times, without having to go through the long food supply chain.
HomeFaming: not for everyone?
We understand that not everyone has the skills, time or space to grow their own food at home.
HerbiaEra offers you a turnkey, eco-friendly solution that eliminates all the reasons not to grow your own healthy food at home!
Thanks to the HerbiaEra CS1, a smart gardener connected to a mobile app, you can now grow small vegetables, herbs, micro pods and more year round and without any effort! You have the opportunity to eliminate all the people that come between you and your food!
Together, let's consume differently to make a real difference.
We are convinced that together, as a community, we can make a real difference in the ecological footprint of food waste.
To do this, we must stand together and start growing our own food right now!
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