Buyers and throwers: NIS 1.2 billion will be thrown away during the holidays
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During the Tishrei holidays, we buy about NIS 8.6 billion worth of food and throw away NIS 1.2 billion worth of food, in addition, every year, about 30% of the food suitable for human consumption is destroyed.
Facing the waste: 265 thousand families in Israel live in severe food insecurity.
This is a worldwide phenomenon
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Saturday, September 24, 2022, 08:05 Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 08:24
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The phenomenon of food waste: during the Tishrei holidays, Israelis buy about NIS 8.6 billion worth of food and throw away NIS 1.2 billion worth of food (photo: courtesy of Bush)
The refrigerator is still full of leftovers from the holiday dinner, while the day after tomorrow you will already be shopping and cooking for Friday dinner, which is just the trailer for the interrupted guest - and God forbid?
You may be comforted to know that the phenomenon of food waste is a worldwide problem for which they are trying to find different solutions in order to prevent throwing away food intended for human consumption.
Ahead of the Tishrei holidays, Leket Israel and BDO published research data on the scope of food loss during the Tishrei holidays. According to the data, the scope of food sales in the month of Tishrei is estimated at NIS 8.6 billion and the value of the lost food is estimated at NIS 1.2 billion, which is approximately 250 thousand Tons of food.
In the face of this waste, from the data published by the National Insurance Institute from a survey it conducted for 2021, 265,000 families live in severe food insecurity and about a fifth of Israel's citizens live in food insecurity.
The amount of food thrown in the trash in Israel is estimated at NIS 1.2 billion every year (Photo: ShutterStock)
"Buy responsibly and reduce excess"
According to the research data, an average household spends about NIS 3,215 on food products during this period, of which about NIS 490 will be lost.
The many holidays and family meals cause the Israeli public to stock up on too much and unnecessary food that ends up being thrown away.
Against the data of overconsumption, according to the latest National Insurance survey (2021) 265 thousand families live in severe food insecurity and about a fifth of Israel's citizens live in some level of food insecurity, and especially after the Corona crisis, the number of those supported by aid associations has increased.
Gidi Karuch, CEO of the Leket Israel organization
: "Throughout the year, the Leket Israel organization collects surplus agricultural produce donated by farmers and surplus cooked food collected from IDF bases, hotels, business organizations and catering companies. The surplus food is delivered to those in need through 263 associations and special houses throughout Israel ".
Karuch adds that: "The loss of food has a social, economic and environmental impact. We call on everyone to take part in the fight to reduce food loss for the sake of society and the world we live on. Enjoy the holidays, shop responsibly and reduce the surplus. We also call on the Israeli government to go deeply into the issue of saving food, As we have done in other countries and benefit from the many advantages inherent in the food rescue activity.
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Gidi Karuch, CEO of Leket Israel (Photo: Thomas Solinsky)
About 30% of edible food is thrown away
According to research done at BSH, the official importer of the Bosch brand that promotes electrical products with innovative and green technology, approximately 30% of the food suitable for human consumption is destroyed every year, which causes economic damage that reaches billions of shekels.
This is about 1.3 billion tons of food that is lost or thrown away every year around the world.
According to the new study, the value of the food thrown away at home per month, in the estimation of about 80% of the respondents, reaches up to NIS 100 per month.
According to the answers received, it was found that fruits and vegetables are thrown away in about five out of ten households, and dairy products are thrown away in about 20% of households in Israel, this is because they did not use the groceries they bought before me that expired.
Only about a fifth of the respondents stated that they use expired products and use them for baking and cooking.
Buy, cook and throw away: food worth NIS 1.2 billion is thrown away every year (Photo: ShutterStock)
87% will throw away the food left over from the previous meal
The absolute majority of Israelis who were asked, reported that they cook at home.
46% prepare food from the raw materials found in the refrigerator, and 43% cook according to the momentary desire and purchase products accordingly.
After the meal, more than 85% keep the food leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer in order to eat them in the future, but 87% reported that in less than a week they will decide to throw the food in the trash, and the rest will get rid of it the next time they clean out the refrigerator.
If we open the refrigerator of the test population, we will find that about 80% of them arrange the refrigerator with a certain logic, according to categories or by the ease of access to the products.
Despite the importance given to order and organization, only 10% refer to expiration dates when arranging the refrigerator.
Because, about 70% of them do not regularly monitor the validity of the food products they bought with their best money.
But they will check it close to use, or they will throw the food in the trash if they notice that it has spoiled.
The survey also shows a relatively encouraging figure according to which 80% will try to use products that will be valid in the next meal they will prepare.
87% will throw away the food left over from the previous meal (Photo: ShutterStock, Victoria 1)
60% purchase products that are not included in their shopping list
Another statistic that emerges from the survey conducted by the Bosch company is that more than 45% of Israelis do their shopping in a food chain that requires travel, and only about 20% purchase online.
60% of the respondents prepare a shopping list in advance, but in practice they do not stick to just writing, and spontaneously add products on sale or those they saw while shopping.
Only about 13% of the Israelis who answered the survey make a shopping list and buy exactly the food products they planned, the rest do not make a list at all.
As mentioned, the survey was conducted for the Bosch brand working to join the global effort to reduce food waste.
The brand produces sustainable electrical appliances with environmental awareness and special attention to preserving resources.
The refrigerators have a large volume with an ideal internal arrangement adapted to the food consumption habits of Israelis, have huge storage drawers with VitaFresh technology to keep food fresh over time thanks to two climate zones: a dry zone at 0 degrees for storing fish and fresh meat and dairy products, and a humid zone for storing fruit and vegetables so you can enjoy fresh food and reduce throwing unnecessary food in the trash.
About 80% arrange the refrigerator according to categories: Bosch xxl four-door refrigerator (photo: Bosch)
Keeping more and throwing away less: "an agenda that is not just a slogan"
David Hakek, CEO of BSH, an official importer of the Bosch brand
: "One of the main values that drives the Bosch brand in Israel and in the world is protecting the environment.
This is an agenda that is not just a slogan but a practice.
Over the years, the brand has been working to create electrical products that help protect the environment through smart and green technologies, at the highest standard, all combined with advanced features.
The results of the survey we carried out indicate how much there is a need for electrical products that will encourage and enable consumers to maintain a lifestyle of food products, and accordingly we at Bosch are also working to continue to develop in this category in general and in the refrigeration category in particular."
David Hakek, CEO of BSH, an official importer of the Bosch brand (Photo: Inbal Marmari)