Wasting less food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

In lieu of a couple of posts I’ve written about designating positives in a pretty shitty situation (aka the COVID-19 pandemic), I have yet another to share with you, thanks to an article I read via The Good News Network.

“Amid lockdowns, people are eating healthier, cooking their own food, and consuming more fruit and vegetables, according to preliminary results from a worldwide Corona Cooking Survey.

“Based on analysis of answers to the survey by 11,000 people in 11 countries, consumers reported fewer purchases of microwave-prepared foods, and fewer purchases of sweet and salty snacks,” the article explains.

I’ll be honest and admit that while I personally can’t relate to eating healthier as of late, I think it’s fantastic to hear that so many of us are eating better.

“The study, conducted by the University of Antwerp in collaboration with U. Ghent and U. Leuven, is revealing that as more people rely less on Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s, the act of cooking in their kitchens has become more of a habit as workers are banished from their office buildings and spend more time at home,” the article says.

In regards to many of us being less wasteful in the context of food, the article mentions how “people say they are wasting less food, eating more leftovers, and planning meals in advance” which could stem from “a participant’s fears of food shortages, as grocery stores around the world suffer from empty shelves.”

While the premise for wasting less food is a bit of a negative one, the fact remains that this pandemic is forcing a variety of different positives to come out of it, which is arguably an example of a silver lining in such a crappy situation.

Researchers involved with the study are pleased to know that “their peers in at least 30 countries have now joined the survey, to get even more data from around the world,” the article states.

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