A very Happy 72nd Independence Day to everyone.
Food Wastage In India
Our nation has acquired a freedom 72 years ago yet we are still reeling under poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy. Did you know that Indians waste as much food as the entire United Kingdom put together? Food wastage is a shocking and disturbing issue in India today. Stop and think before you pile up your dinner plate from the buffet table at weddings or parties wanting to taste all the dishes and then just leave your half-full plate at a corner of the room. Our garbage bins in our street are filthy sites with dumped left over food. Beggars picking and animals ruminating from the piles of plastics for food. Food wastage or food loss is food that is discarded or lost uneaten. But why does this happen? Let us learn some more while trying to avoid food wastage.
How to get freedom from food wastage?
1. Shop smart
We need to stop shopping and loading our carts at the super markets. Often we get carried away with 1+1 offers to buy more food than we need. Though buying in bulk may be convenient, research has shown that this shopping method leads to more food waste.
2. Store food items correctly
Indians need to be educated on how to store fruits and vegetables, to avoid premature ripening and, rotting.For example, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers and onions should never be refrigerated. These items are to be kept at room temperature. Dals can be put in the fridge to avoid worming.
3. Eat smaller potions
Overeating is a problem for most people in India. We need to feel full, if not we go on dumping our stomachs with food. The right way to eat is half the stomach full. Making sure your portion sizes stay within a healthy range doesn’t just help keep your weight down, it also reduces food wastage.
4.Give away food to the poor
While you may not think twice about scraping the leftover food on your plate into the trash, remember that food waste has a major impact on the environment. Although many people save excess food from large meals, it is often forgotten in the fridge, then tossed when it goes bad. This is where some NGO’s and organizations have come together. You can call them about leftover food from restaurants and households, and their volunteers will pick it up. The distribution of the food items is directed towards the underprivileged and needy people.
Pledge to Waste no food
This Independence lets pledge to not waste food. Let’s join these two organizations for a good cause to ensure a healthy happy India.
1. The Robin Hood Army – RHA is a volunteer based organization spread over 41 cities striving to end hunger, by mobilizing food to those in need. Check here for more details Robin Hood Army
This post is written as part of #FreedomBlogTrain hosted by Snehalata Jain and Judy Morris I would also like to thank Amrit Kaur, a writer, and graphic designer who shows these professional skills in Blogging too. She is a Delhi Blogger who loves to write on beauty, fashion, and other lifestyle topics.
Sweetannu signing off with a heavy heart with prayers for those people who got affected in the Kerela Floods. Friends, Kindly contribute as much u can to the Chief Minister relief fund.