As a foodie, I can always rely on food to make me feel better. I ‘live to eat’ but even for those who ‘eat to live’, food is a necessity.
Globally, scores of people die due to hunger. According to the 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) conducted by the IFPRI among 119 countries, India stood at 97.
Today, even countries like Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Nepal, and North Korea are better off in this regard.
In a statement, the IFPRI said that “India’s high ranking on the GHI again this year brings to the fore the disturbing reality of the country’s stubbornly high proportions of malnourished children.”
This comes as a shocker to those of us who are aware of the various nutrition-centric programmes that have been implemented nationally.
Basically, the dilemma is that there is enough food for everybody – but it is not reaching those who need it most! Stats prove that 40% of food gets wasted in India.
World Food Day (October 16) aims at creating awareness on food security and food waste – an issue our nation needs to address every day. Let’s take a look at what we as millennials can do to prevent and reduce food wastage in India.
Curbing Wastage at Weddings
India is infamous for its big, flamboyant weddings. Unsurprisingly, a wedding is the kind of social gathering where food is most wasted.
One way to counter this is to limit the amount of food to be prepared – the more reasonable the quantity, the lesser the wastage.
Delhi-based HR professional Praveen, 26, offers a solution that will appeal to the tech savvy Indian. He says, “An NGO called No Food Waste serves leftover food from weddings to needy people. All you have to do is give them a call, and they will pick up your food for distribution.
“One of my friends used the service on his wedding day. He ensured that a lot of people didn’t sleep on an empty stomach.”
There are other organisations across various cities that offer similar initiatives.
Watching Your Portions at Restaurants
Many of us tend to load up our plates when we go to weddings because everything is free. But often, we also tend to do the same when we are eating out.
We overestimate our hunger/appetite, order more food than we can finish, and either pack it up or leave it on our plates. The latter is the problematic scenario, because such leftovers generally go straight to the dustbin.
The most effective solution is to order little by little, instead of all at once.
Yes, you might have to wait a bit between courses, but isn’t that better than wasting food that’s fit for consumption?
This is the most practical solution until restaurants themselves start charging for wasted food (a few restaurants in Mumbai have started doing this).
A big amount of food is wasted at all-you-can-eat buffets, because people tend to grab more than they can actually eat. The least you can do is to watch your portions – you can always go back for seconds. And if you’re lucky, you might even get rewarded for it!
Even at home, we should follow the same rules to curb wastage: limit portions when cooking and serving meals, and consume or give away leftovers.
What are your tips to avoid food wastage? Let us know in the comments below.
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