COVID-19 changed the way we shop, buy and appreciate food. Here’s how the pandemic changed our relationship with food according to OzHarvest, NSW Government & Love Food, Hate Waste.
There are a couple of surveys and opinion pieces around, but the important thing is to look at the extraordinary trending numbers rather than worrying about their preciseness. We need to be more concerned about trends and less about the preciseness of things that don't really matter so much.
86% are glad to live in a country that grows its own food
70% appreciate farmers more and 90% say they will continue to do so
59% of Australians say they are wasting less food because of lockdown experience
48% more Australians are cooking from scratch
56% of Australians are shopping more purposely for food
46% appreciate food more
24% are freezing food to maximise storage life
20% are cooking together and teaching their kids how to cook
30% check what's a home before heading to shop
33% are more aware about food waste and how to use food
The importance of these numbers can't be understated because the impacts are extraordinary. Reducing waste at a household level reduces the impact from the start of the waste supply chain.
Image: KPMG 2020 Fighting food waste through the circular economy / Food Hierarchy Infographic - Rabo Bank