According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption – about 1.3 billion tons – gets lost or wasted every year. Even if just one-fourth of this could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people globally.
With these statistics in mind, KBTribeChat host and KBB Editorial Advisory Board member Paula Kennedy held this week’s discussion on reducing food waste and energy usage in the kitchen.
Appliance and Storage Solutions
- Many refrigerators offer features and temperature-controlled areas to keep fruits and vegetables fresher longer.
- Installing a compost bin in a new design encourages homeowners to throw away less and recycle more of their food into the soil.
- Innovative practices – like using a steam oven to rehydrate bread – should be explained to homeowners when they purchase a new appliance.
- Using high-quality appliances that cook food more efficiently without the user’s expertise will lessen the throwing out of ruined meals.
Future Food Storage
- Food will always have an expiration date, but hopefully smart storage will one day remind homeowners of those dates.
- Vacuum sealing and canning are coming back in style, so the future kitchen may cater more to those.
- With daily delivery options available for food, the need for a pantry will be reduced.
- High-pressure processing, a new storage technique currently only offered commercially, can kill pathogens and bacteria but preserve vitamins and nutrients. If it can be translated for residential homes, it can greatly help keep foods longer.
Energy and Water Usage
- Just having an open kitchen with plenty of natural lighting eliminates the need for always turning on the lights.
- LED lightbulbs should now be a staple in the home.
- Low-flow faucets and motion- and voice-activated faucets encourage homeowners to use less water.
- An energy-efficient dishwasher uses significantly less water than handwashing dishes.
- Energy-efficient windows and proper window treatments save energy on lighting, air conditioning and heating.
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