STOP WASTING FOOD

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Food wastage is a major problem in India. Weddings, canteens, hotels and households spew out so-much waste food. To see the extent of damage, all you have to do is peek into a street-corner garbage bin. Today, most of us don’t even spare a thought for the time, energy, and resources it takes to produce our food.Moreover, food that is produced, but not eaten, occupies close to 30 per cent of the world’s agricultural land.
It is estimated that one out of every seven people in the world went to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of five die from hunger. To be fair, food wastage is indeed a major worry for India. A government study had found that the country wastes Rs 92,651 crore worth or 67 million tonnes of food in a year.
Efforts need to be taken to protect and preserve food-grain for the benefit of the large number of poor in our society who are struggling to survive on single meal a day.
Though people rarely waste much food in restaurants, we as a nation waste a lot of food during marriages, festivals and other occasions without caring about large percentage of our people that go hungry each day.
The levels of poverty, hunger and deprivation are so high in our country and little attention is paid to this by the well-to-do citizens and the politicians of our country.
The condition of the godowns in the country is not good, resulting in the rotting of food-grain. If only the food-grain wasted in the country due to lack of storage facilities was saved, the burden of subsidy would have come down to that extent and thus saved the tax-payers’ money.
It is time to take note of the obligation of every citizen of this country to ensure that food wastage is totally avoided. The untouched food left in the mess is eaten by people of mess but the food left in the plates goes wasted and is served to cattle.
Wastage of food is a cause of serious concern in a country like India where 37 per cent of the population lives below poverty line. Food wastage is a major problem in India.
Weddings, canteens, hotels and households spew out so much food. Each morsel thus wasted, in a way, contributes towards hunger. Today, most of us don’t even spare a thought for the time, energy, and resources it takes to produce our food. We generate mammoth amounts of food waste.
The causes of food waste or loss are numerous, and occur at stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption.
Huge amounts of food is getting wasted by the people belonging to upper strata of economy as there is no proper channel to utilise un-used food. Apart from this, wasteful food-consumption is also leading to unsustainable demand for natural resources.
Assessing food loss and waste and developing effective policies along value chain can help solve the food waste problem and thus contribute towards food security and sustainability. Don’t we think a thought for our choice of food will save our natural resources and can keep us healthy?
Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit