We Indians waste as much food as the “Whole of United Kingdom Consumes”. Food Wastage surely is an alarming issue in India. Our street, garbage bins and landfills prove it. Weddings, canteens, hotels, social functions and households heave out so much uneaten food.
According to “The United Nations Development Program“, around 45% of the food produced in India–is wasted. About 20 million tons of wheat are wasted in India, and 60% of all food across the world meets the same fate while never reaching the needy.
In India, the bigger the wedding- the more the waste. No doubt, weddings and parties are a huge source of food wastage, but restaurants and hotels also contribute to food wastage.
So, why is food wastage a problem?
The answer is -simply because we don’t use it mindfully. We have too much that we never realise about the million mouths that go hungry each day. In spite of the world producing more than enough food to feed twice the world’s population, we have countless malnourished people.
A survey done by “Bhook” (An Organisation working to reduce hunger) says– approximately 30 crore people sleep hungry on any given night. About 45% of India’s land is degraded primarily due to deforestation, unsustainable agricultural practices, and excessive groundwater extraction to meet the food demand.
Food wastage cripples a country’s economy to the extent that most of us do not realise. The government needs to take some measures that include–controlling wastage during transportation and improving storage facilities. The food processing needs to be sped up, so it is saved to feed more hungry mouths.
While you may not be able to reduce food loss that happens during production, you can at least reduce it during distribution. Every extra step taken in the right direction counts.
So, what can we do to help?
Bringing down food wastage is the primary step—Food is being wasted at the harvest point and during its transportation. If the same food can be processed, it would mean it could either be available in raw form or bottled form at a price which is affordable to the poorest of people too.”
Plan your meal and make your shopping list to determine what you need. About 25% of what we buy in urban India ends up being thrown away. So be mindful.
Make sure to cook, keeping in mind there is no excess. You can always finish your meals with some fruits rather than save extra food in the refrigerator.
Select food according to its shelf life.
Since cooked food has a low shelf life, it needs to be managed better and faster. Check with NGOs [EKAM Foundation] who offer to transport it to the poor.
If you are hosting a family get together either at home or at a hotel, make sure you plan for the leftover food to be transported to a place like an orphanage or an old age shelter.
Make finishing your plate a habit.
Our team ‘EKAM’ focuses on rural health, where there have been satisfying results in terms of saving precious lives, that includes feeding them. EKAM has reached out to over 1 million children and their families through its multi-pronged initiatives. In addition to these activities; several camps, training programs and governance workshops have been organised, to create awareness among expectant mothers, children and our community as a whole. EKAM Foundation helps feed the poor and underprivileged children and families, through community programs.
So, log onto www.ekamoneness.org to help us help the rural community from hunger.
Make sure you don’t waste food (not even a morsel).