Every plate of food we waste is probably an entire day’s meal for a needy child.
Food is a basic requirement for every human for substance of life. Access to good food is a basic right.
But, the hard truth is that, not everyone in our society is enjoying the luxury of food. There are people who wonder whether they would get their next meal.
In our country where we can see people going crazy with food delivering apps those enable us to taste our favorite food anywhere, at anytime, a recent statistics reveal that over 1.5 million children a year, almost 4500 children per day die out of hunger and starvation.
In terms of food security, India is ranked 74th out of 113 countries as up to 40% of the food produced in India is wasted. INR 50,000 crores worth of food produced is wasted every year in the country.
Despite of the economic growth, In India more number of children under age 5 die every year due to starvation, 43% of children in India are chronically undernourished.
Though tones of grains are being produced and imported, starvation deaths are still uncontrollable. Food wastage is the reason behind this complex reality.
To put an end to all these worrisome numbers, we have to realize that it’s us the people who are to be blamed and do the necessary.
Plan your daily meal. It is one of the most effective ways to reduce food wastage. Each one of us has to be aware that it is our personal responsibility to minimize food wastage as maximum of it is generated from our households.
Shopping wisely for your kitchen will save your money as well as reduce the wastage. Buy the food you really need and avoid impulse buying with perishable items.
Store your food properly. Freeze the extra for next use.
While cooking at home or ordering in restaurants, go for the minimum quantity and don’t over serve. Preserve the excess food for your next meal, if you cannot eat them immediately.
You can pack your leftover food at restaurants and take it home or donate it.
If you’re left with excess food during occasions or parties, never hesitate to donate them to shelters or roadside dwellers.
Next time, think twice before throwing away food because the food we waste is someone else’s meal.
Never forget, your small effort in your daily routine will save a life.