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7 good habits to reduce food waste – Italian Cuisine

7 good habits to reduce food waste

One in three Italians would use apps to buy unsold, imperfect or close to expiry food products, saving them from garbage and above all saving money. Here's what the results of a research tell us

It is a study conducted by Ipsos in collaboration with Waste Watcher International Observatory to reveal that about 4 out of 10 Italians (39%) are attentive to limit food waste and this good habit would be strengthened in the period following the lockdown: the under 35, on the other hand, would be the most committed citizens to preventing waste.

"The lockdown has imposed on Italians an accelerated course in food education and home economics, but they show that they have also well understood the implications of food waste for the health of the environment and their own", he observes Andrea Segrè, scientific director of the Waste Watcher International Observatory and founder of the campaign Zero waste, which concludes: "This is the positive legacy of the pandemic, which, however, among its tragic consequences also includes the dramatic accentuation of the food divide: the food gap that is added to economic, educational, digital and gender inequalities. Returning value to food and guaranteeing the right for all citizens remains the main road to bridge this imbalance, in Italy and in the world .

Further confirming these data is also a recent research published by the Reale Mutua Observatory and dedicated to agriculture and the new buying habits of our compatriots which states that 48% of respondents invest time to draw up a shopping list aimed at buy only the necessary foods and one in three would exploit applications that offer the possibility to buy unsold, imperfect or close to expiry agri-food products (at lower prices), saving money and saving them from the garbage!

On the subject, is the team of Phenix, a startup that facilitates the donation of expiring foods by supermarkets and industry, to provide us with useful information to prevent our incorrect daily habits from generating a huge amount of food waste: "Every year, Italians are increasingly attentive to the issue of food waste: from the latest Waste Watcher report, in fact, it emerged that over 57% of the population is more sensitive to the issue, thanks to the spread of waste surveys. In 2020, food waste was reduced by 25% compared to the previous year, going from 6.6 to 5 euros per week per person. A significant decrease which, however, still generates € 6.5 billion of waste every year. These few (but important) numbers, however, lead us to affirm that, although the path towards the goal #ZeroWaste is still far away, we're on the right path", explains Julien Fanara, country manager of Phenix Italia.

With the'Phenix app it is possible to buy, then save from waste, a box with the unsold products of the day from the shops closest to our home. Thus, in addition to helping small neighborhood businesses and saving money, it contributes to reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere: it would be enough to think that each box saved is equivalent to 2.5 kg of CO2 less.

7 useful tips to avoid wasting food

1. Be "locavori"

This term derives from the union of local And omnivorous and embraces the philosophy of good food, but at zero km. To be locavori, today, it is of fundamental importance to reduce the environmental impact and avoid waste: it is a good habit give priority to seasonal foods, perhaps produced by small farms in the area in order to reduce massive carbon dioxide emissions.

2. Don't judge by appearance

It is wrong to discard an uncared-for-looking apple because its shape is not the "conventional" one, much less a banana if it has some dark spots: it is only more ripe and sweeter. Nowadays we are used to throwing away food just because we judge it (wrongly) by its appearance, but a bite can make a difference.

3. Plan

It may seem trivial, but planning meals and always making a careful shopping list is the key to consuming responsibly and carefully. With a little imagination and organization, filling the fridge with the right foods for the week will be child's play.

4. Buy "on tap"

Prioritize products in bulk and only buy what you really need. Buying food in bulk allows us not only to avoid food waste, as we only buy the necessary quantities, but also those of the packaging.

5. The expiration dates

Although many foods can be consumed even after the expiration date indicated on the package, it is good it is normal to consume food on time and keeping an eye on the dates is essential to reduce waste. However, it is a good idea to buy foods that are close to expiry especially if we are doing a shopping that will be consumed in a short time.

6. Organize the refrigerator

Proper storage of food is essential to prevent it from deteriorating rapidly and therefore from going into the trash. It is important that food is placed in the most suitable spaces inside the refrigerator. For example: in the upper part we can keep sweets and cheeses; on the middle shelf, cooked foods, cold cuts and sauces; in the lower one, meat, fish and raw foods.

7. Talk to the shopkeepers

Chatting with the butcher can help prevent good food from ending up in the trash. For example, we can ask the shopkeeper which foods are close to expiry to take them home, perhaps saving money, and eat them before they go bad!

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Talento, Stefano Bollani and Food For Soul: great Berlucchi party – Italian Cuisine

Talento, Stefano Bollani and Food For Soul: great Berlucchi party

Friday 22 October is a great day for the newly awarded winery Cantina dell’Anno 2022: here's how to participate

Friday 22 October is another important date to mark on the calendar for the Guido Berlucchi, a recently proclaimed pioneer company of Franciacorta Gambero Rosso winery of the year 2022. A day of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the birth of the first bottle of Franciacorta, wanted and created by Franco Ziliani in 1961, founding father of an entire wine area, with ben two extraordinary events. The first of a visionary cultural nature: in the historic headquarters of Palazzo Lana in Borgonato (BS), the 3rd Edition of Academia Berlucchi 2021 with the theme "Talent, nourishment for the Future". The second, an extraordinary one benefit concert by Stefano Bollani at the Teatro Grande in Brescia open to the public, which will contribute to the support of the ONLUS "Food for Soul”By Lara Gilmore and Massimo Bottura. Congratulations!

Academia Berlucchi 2021

The 3rd edition of Academia Berlucchi on October 22 will have as its theme the "Talent, nourishment for the future"Which will participate – in an open reflection on the Future, New Generations and Sustainable Development – leading names including the architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri, the botanist, essayist and popularizer Prof. Stefano Mancuso, the theologian and philosopher Prof. Vito Mancuso, Irina Mella Burlacu, founder and owner of Vita International, Lara Gilmore, founder, together with her husband Massimo Bottura, of the ONLUS Food for Soul e Barbara Nappini, new president of Slow Food Italy. To lead the guests into dialogue with each other will be John Antwerp, Deputy Director and author of RAI 1, always sensitive to socio-environmental issues e Caroline Corbetta, curator of contemporary art and founder of @ilcrepaccio, collective of art and founding members of the Board of Academia Berlucchi.

Stefano Bollani in concert

To underline Guido Berlucchi's indissoluble relationship with his territory, the day of 22 October will close with an extraordinary benefit concert by the multifaceted artist Sefano Bollani at the Teatro Grande in Brescia – open to public. The evening will contribute to the support of the ONLUS Food for Soul, a cultural project created to give light and voice to the unexpressed potential of people, places and food. The most talented and eclectic Italian composer will entertain the audience with his cultured improvisations and his acrobatic monologues in music. As stated in the official presentation, Plan only is "a tribute to the art of improvisation. When Stefano Bollani takes the stage for his one man show, anything can happen. There is no lineup, no room program to cling to to follow the succession of songs. The viewer is drawn into a different adventure every evening, a breathtaking journey through musical horizons that are only apparently distant. One can thus pass from his compositions to Carosone, from jazz to Brazilian rhythms, with sudden forays into pop or the Italian repertoire of the 1940s. In this real flow of musical consciousness, laughter and emotion mix ".

Tickets for the concert on 22 October (with admission from 8.00 pm, for the necessary health checks) can be purchased on the www.vivaticket.com platform and at the Teatro Grande Box Office (tel. 030 2979333; ticket office@teatrogrande.it. Hours: Tue-Fri 13.30-19.00, Sat 15.30-19.00).


– PLATEA and STAGES I-II-III order € 55.00

– THE GALLERY and IV-tier STAGES € 30.00

– II GALLERY € 20.00

World Food Day 2021 – Sale & Pepe – Italian Cuisine


Here are some initiatives on the occasion of World Food Day 2021


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Today, as every October 16th, the World Food Day and do you know why? The anniversary was announced in 1979, during the 20th General Conference of the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) precisely to commemorate the day it was founded, October 16, 1945. The goal of World Food Day? It's not just one, there are several. The first is that of raise awareness, inform and find solutions to problems related to malnutrition, hunger, poverty, food security; the second is precisely to push people to find solutions, to Act for the sake of common health.
Each year the issues that are addressed mainly revolve around the theme of agriculture in fact, not surprisingly, this year too the focus will be precisely this: transform agri-food systems to improve production, the environment and the quality of life.

Initiatives for World Food Day 2021
There are many initiatives and activities related to World Food Day 2021, today we will tell you about two in particular.

Action Against Hunger
"Never go hungry again"Is the manifesto drawn up by Action Against Hunger together with great artists and celebrities such as Tiziano Ferro, Federica Pellegrini, Dario Vergassola, Marco Cappato, Chiara Maci and many others for raise awareness as many people as possible to make ethical and socially responsible choices. "With a planet that is, in fact, capable of producing enough food for all, long-available, effective and low-cost cures against child malnutrition, cooperation projects capable of realizing the self-sufficiency of vulnerable communities, we are the first generation in history that can eliminate hunger – he has declared Simone Garroni, general manager of Action Against Hunger -. Yet, in the last five years, hunger has returned to grow, affirming itself, in Italy and in the world, as a contemporary plague: 811 million people suffer from hunger and over 2 million children die every year due to malnutrition. It is unacceptable! Hunger is man-made and our leaders must have more courage and demonstrate the political will to fight its underlying reasons: conflicts, inequalities and climate change". The manifesto also wants to be a starting point and food for thought for all national and international leaders to carry out concrete actions and interventions in compliance with global needs.

FICO Eataly Bologna
World Food Day also takes on one sustainable look, indeed FIG Eataly Bologna, the food theme park, will host from 14 October to 17 October events and show cooking focused on the "recovery kitchen". The chefs of FICO restaurants will teach you how to reduce food waste in the kitchen of your own home with a view to reuse, zero waste and sustainability. The three days is aimed at raise awareness visitors on the amount of food that is discarded every day in the kitchen, do you think that almost8% of the food you buy is thrown away (Adoc data). Impressive, isn't it? And what is even more shocking is that in the more affluent countries there is a tendency to discard the amount of food necessary to feed almost a billion people.

Some FAO figures
The latest FAO report on food safety (SOFI 2021) draws us a shocking scenario: in the last year the number of people suffering from hunger has increased considerably, currently there are some 161 million worldwide. The causes? They are many. Wars, climate change, social and gender inequalities,… For example, the Global report on Food Crisis 2021 explains that 6 out of 10 people (among those who suffer from hunger) live in war zones.

What can we do to reduce waste?
191901 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2021/10/scaricare-app-@salepepe.jpg "width =" 210 "style =" float: left;In our own small way, we can help reduce waste and prevent bakeries, bars and restaurants from throwing away leftover food. Like? Of course with technology! There are several smartphone apps that you can download as To Good To Go which, with more than 80,000 affiliated stores around the world, gives merchants the opportunity to sell their unsold goods of the day at a reduced price. Last minute under the house, instead, it is an application that allows merchants to report foods with a short expiry date, those foods that could not be sold in the store but still too good to be discarded, the app works in the same way myFOODY. Or, Bring The Food, another very useful app that boasts collaboration with the Banco Alimentare Foundation which is committed to recovering all the surplus food from large-scale distribution, canteens and restaurants to provide it to the most needy through non-profit organizations.

October 2021

Giulia Ferrari

Posted on 10/16/2021


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