A very Happy 72nd Independence Day to everyone.

Food Wastage In Metros

Our nation has acquired 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. The 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? Lets learn some more while trying to avoid food wastage.

Food wastage
Food wastage in India is alarming
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 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.

Feed India
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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. Lets 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

2. Feeding India – Help Ankit Kawatra provide daily meals for underprivileged kids. Ankit’s Feeding India is a not-for-profit social organization working on eliminating hunger, malnutrition and food wastage in India. The organization drives excess of food from weddings, restaurants, events, corporate gatherings and even individuals, to people deprived of sufficient food to eat. Click on the link to know more.

This post is written as part of #FreedomBlogTrain hosted by Snehalata Jain  and 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.

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14 thoughts on “Freedom From Food Wastage”

  1. First of all Happy Independence Day to you too! I too believe in zero wastage of food. I have seen lot of wastage of food in marriages, parties and celebrations. I hope they should contact some NGO before booking a party that leftovers should be taken by nearby NGO’s

  2. Great ways to reduce wastage f food. Once India was called ‘sone ki chidiya’ not just in the monetary sense but also in terms of its crop growing capacity but of lately there are more mouths than one can feed and more food wastage also. Kudo to RHA for their mission.

  3. This is a great post, I can tell that you have very strong feelings toward this issue, I love that. I used to waste food all the time but we’ve been doing one of your tips — not buying too much at a time and it has really helped. While I hate having to go grocery shopping once a week instead of every two times a week, I find that we waste less food and save some money by doing so.

  4. It is such a tragedy that so much food just goes to waste simply because we don’t think about smarter ways to reduce or eliminate wastage. Food that is needed so much by the poor should be a top consideration for all of us. The Robin Hood Army and Feeding India organisations clearly do such wonderful work and their efforts should also be followed by people in other countries as well.

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