• National Nutrition Week 2019 (13-19 October) is all about how to try for five serves of veg each day by embracing your food ‘waste’!

    We all know veggies are good for us – Mum’s been telling us for years! Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, and may even reduce your risk of depression.


    But did you know that we throw a lot of good food away?


    In fact, wasted food makes up more 1/3 of the contents the average household bin. That’s nearly $4000 worth of food per household per year that can end up in landfill, where it breaks down and emits harmful greenhouse gases.


    Here’s how you can try for five serves of veg a day, while helping to save money and the environment, by embracing your veg ‘waste’:

    • Eat more parts of your vegetables such as skins, stalks and leaves
    • Use up your ageing vegetables that would otherwise go in the bin
    • Choose ‘ugly’ and ‘imperfect’ vegetables to prevent them going to landfill.            They’re just as nutritious, and often cheaper.

    Discover news ways to add veg to your day, with heaps of handy tips to buy, store, cook and enjoy vegetables.

  • The Facts

    Vegetable intake

    • Only 4% of Australians eat their recommended amount of vegetables each day. And only 1% of children and teenagers do.
    • On average, we eat half around half the recommended amount.
    • Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes. and many caners. It may also help reduce your risk of mental health issues.

    Food waste in the home

    • More than one third of the average household’s rubbish bin contains food waste.
    • In fact, one in five grocery bags ends up in the bin. That’s nearly $4000 worth of groceries per household per year ^

    What’s the problem with food waste?

    • Approximately 40 per cent of all food grown in Australia is wasted.*
    • Australia generated an estimated 7.3 million tonnes of food waste in 2016/17.*
    • The annual cost of food waste is estimated at $20bn to the Australian economy.*
    • Household food waste that ends up in landfill emits harmful green house gases.

    * From Australian Government and Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.

  • “Food thrown into your garbage bin ends up in landfill. Food in landfill breaks down in a way that can create greenhouse gases, including methane, which affect air quality and public health. When we waste food, we also waste the resources used to grow our food (water, soils and energy) and all the energy used to process, package and transport food from markets to our homes.”



  • Rachel’s top 10 waste-free ways to add more veg to your day

    Rachel Potter, The Waste Free Chef

    Rachel Cambridge-Potter is a permaculture chef and educator and has used her former career in education to become one of Australia’s leading zero-waste culinary educators. She teaches waste-wise culinary classes along the East Coast of Australia, beekeeping workshops, and has her own cooking school in Sydney’s North Shore.


    View her top 10 tips here.

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