Rationality for Humanity; Think, Eat, Save
Posted by NYCA Blogger on June 2, 2013
It is estimated that time gap between deaths of people dying of hunger is only 3.6 seconds and world’s 33% population is considered to be starving. Further, around the globe 178 million infants face chronic malnutrition and most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South & central Asia. University of Arizona researchers have estimated that the average family of four chucks $590 worth of food every year. Whether it happens in the field, in the factory, on the store shelves, or in a family kitchen, Americans collectively throw away $100 billion worth of food each year. But what really opens eyes is that food wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of world’s cereals crops. The aforementioned facts reflect extreme irrationality of human beings and consequences thereby. “Together we can resolve this unacceptable trend and improve lives. In industrialized regions, almost half of total food squandered around 300 million annually, occurs because producers, retailers and consumers discard the food that is still fit for consumption”- Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
With World Bank warning of the possibility of a four-degrees-centigrade temperature rise by the end of the decade and an expected world population of 9 billion by 2050, global food production and supply is going to be highly affected. There are many organizations working on food security but status of food lose has not changed so far. It is simply because of our irrational attitude and practices. Now it’s high time to think before we eat so as to prevent environment form being degraded. Poverty and hunger has become a global tension, we people are now global citizens and we need to internalize this problem. We have mind, we think of others and future too, this is what makes human beings different form other animals. The reality is that world’s 25 % of habitable land is occupied by global food production. This global food production consumes 70% of world’s fresh water and this is responsible for 80% of deforestation and 30% of greenhouse emission. The above mentioned fact makes us realize why to think before we eat and why to save. We need to internalize that more we produce for irrational consumption; more we encourage deforestation and green house emission. It has been reported that about 95% of food squander in developing countries is due to poor harvesting technology, storage and cooling facility. But it is not same in the case of first world countries. At the food industrial and retail level in the developed world, large quantities of food are wasted due to inefficient practices, quality standards that over-emphasize look, confusion over date labels and consumers being quick to throw away edible food due to over-buying, inappropriate storage and preparing meals that are too large. In average European and American people waste food twelve times than sub-Saharan African, south and South- Eastern Asian consumers do.
Further Why to think before we eat and save?
· To minimize ecological footprints
· For sustainable land use practice and maintain constant fertility of land
· To discourage deforestation, greenhouse emission
· To ensure food security to all the inhabitants of our common home “EARTH”
· To save money and other resources.
· To create sustainable green globe.
Let’s think before we choose food item, let’s discourage foods produced by using chemical fertilizers and those having more environmental impacts.
LET’S THINK BEFORE WE EAT AND LET’S COOPERATE TO SAVE OUR COMMON HOME “EARTH”.
World Hunger Report: Facing The Future
Global food lose and food waste: F A O, 2011
U N E P: 2013.
Blog by: Suraj Dhakal http://lukudhakal.blogspot.com/