Don’t Understand All The Fuss About Food Waste? Allow Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ To Explain.

"No food should rot when a single person goes hungry."

With global warming, the worldwide refugee crisis and more dominating the headlines, food waste isn't exactly a topic that garners a ton of attention. However, the folks over at Global Citizen — a nonprofit social action platform for a global generation that aims to solve the world's biggest challenges — are looking to change that.

Earlier this year the organization released a music video to the tune of the oft-covered Ed Sheeran hit, "Shape of You." Only instead of singing about sex and love, the vocalist croons about devastation of food waste and what we can all do to waste less.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food waste is a costly problem — food losses and waste amounts to roughly $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing countries — and one that should be remedied given how many people go without enough food all over the world. In other words, as the video declares, "No food should rot when a single person goes hungry."

With lyrics like "1 in 9 people on Earth go hungry / You should take a doggy bag please," the song, below, is informative and entertaining

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The tune also points out that 1.3 billion tons of food from stores, restaurants, homes, and companies get wasted each year, and offers some tips on how we can all do our part to lower that number.

Aside from taking any leftover restaurant food home in the aforementioned doggy bag, consumers can and should be mindful when they shop as well. Buying "ugly" produce you otherwise might ignore in favor of a fruit or vegetable that's more aesthetically pleasing is one way to reduce food waste. Shoppers typically pass over bruised or damaged produce, and because of that the FAO reports fruits and vegetables (along with roots and tubers) have the highest wastage rates of any food.

Once you bring your food home, you can reduce food waste by making sure everything is stored correctly. If your refrigerator is too cold, for example, food will spoil faster and you might end up throwing away things that could have been kept fresher in a slightly warmer environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency also recommends planning ahead when you shop for food in an effort to reduce waste, and freezing food you know you won't be able to eat before it spoils. To learn more about how you can reduce your food waste, click here.

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