Access to clean and good food is the basic right of every individual, but we misuse this right and waste food like it’s not our problem. This issue of Food Waste originates from the ‘Lack of Respect and Problem of Plenty’.
Why do we waste food?
Well, because we don’t think food is a big deal. Most of us have not known hunger, food scarcity or insecurity. We subconsciously assume that food is always around. When we waste, we just tell our selves that it is just something that happens, it’s a by-product of modern life and not really our fault. In fact, we have developed many habits and practices that lead to food waste. Unless we decide to ‘Stop Wasting’, it’s not going to happen.
How can we control waste?
There is no miracle way to stop food waste. We need to constantly remind ourselves to be more mindful and careful of what we buy and how to preserve. Why waste food when the disadvantages are so strong. According to the United Nations Development Program, up to 40% of the food produced in India is wasted every year. Reportedly the quantum of food that Indians waste in every given year is equivalent to the amount of food the UK consumes. These figures are, all the more shocking for a nation where millions go hungry each day and many more are undernourished. According to the report titled ‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018’ 195.9 million people remain undernourished.
Here are a few tips on how to reduce waste—
*Buy only what you need.
*Store surplus supplies properly.
*Take only what you can finish, so as to, avoid waste on your plate.
*Plan every meal and the quantity to make.
*If eating outside, pack the leftovers, to either donate or eat when home.
The sad truth is, by the time we realize the amount of food we are wasting, we have already thrown away tones.
“So, the next time you overfill your plate, think of the millions who go hungry”
Therefore, say no to dumping. Change your mindset about food- Respect it and Value it. Reducing food waste helps the planet too, from the air -to the land- to everyone on it!!!