Think Eat Save
Posted by NYCA Blogger on June 2, 2013
In the words of UN under Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner” In the world of seven billion people, set to grow to 9 billion by 2050 wasting food makes no sense-economically, environmentally and ethically.” As turn off the lights” was a electricity saving campaign, “Think, Eat, Save “is a campaign set to reduce Food waste through the collective actions at different levels of producers, retailers and consumers.
I was shattered to know the fact that the food waste produced annually around the globe is more than enough to feed 900 million hungry peoples of the world. Also, every year 1/3rd of all food produced gets lost or wasted with a cost around $1 trillion (FAO) is another traumatizing fact. Until few days back when I was unknown to these facts, after every meal there would be a piles of food left at the side of my plate, a lot of food thrown away from fridge everyday and many more irresponsible activities contributing to increase the cost of food waste and the problems of food and nutrition insecurity. But, I am now on the move to contribute even a smallest portion as a consumer to reduce the footprint of food waste.
Although the consumer level food waste is not a severe problem in the developing country like ours, where the main is problem from logistic, managerial, and infrastructural challenges in the early stages of food chain from production to market. This is the story of every rural household of our country where we rest upon manual measures to carry out these activities and we do not even have effective measures to store the products. My mother explains due to lack of effective production and harvesting measures, she gains half of what she has actually worked for. I feel pity to see the small storekeepers throwing out the kilos of rotten onions and potatoes each day, which causes economical, environmental and also the issues of decreasing food security globally. Had there been an effective plans regarding effective production, harvesting and stores stages developed by the government, we would not had to face these problems and many of the hungry people of the country would have their easy and cheap access to nutrient supply.
But, in industrialized nations the people have a different story plot. The infrastructural, logistic and managerial challenges are aptly removed so the problems of production, harvesting and storage are of less significance. But due to advancement and development, producers, retailers and consumers discard the food that is still fit for consumption. Once one of my Facebook friend from abroad posted that she was eating breads like crazy, just because they had the expiry date of the day after. Although she did her best to reduce her footstep for food waste, how sensible is this activity? Why are we not rational enough to know that a few days expired food shall do not any notable impact upon us? Among these small level things, millions of peoples that are crying for each meal matters the most and just before we throw out a packet of food that has expired out of our fridges or cupboards, we got to visualize those hungry faces.
So, from this day we all shall contribute to reduce the food waste. Here are a couple of suggestions to trim down our food waste as a consumer. Firstly, we need to be a rational enough to think about all the possibilities that we can contribute to reduce our footstep. Think before you shop, get a whole list of needed things and consume accordingly. It is better not to shop for a whole month at once as things may get rotten within the time. While buying things, go for the odd shaped fruit or vegetable because they are most likely to get wasted. For packed food items, go for the ones which have approached the expiry dates. Apart from reducing your footprint it is more economic as well. Also another notable impact we can left is the awareness activities at local and national level so that both the parties will be contributing smaller or greater level to reduce their wastes. As a developing nation, more than 90% of our food waste arrives from the early stages of food chain; it would be more effective if we can draw the attention of government and policy makers. Hence, to left a prominent mark to reduce our footstep in food waste, we have to think before we eat so that we can save for other hungry mouths and future.
Blog by: Bidya Regmi http://hyabid.wordpress.com/