Food Waste – A Global Concern – Latest News from Jammu and Kashmir | Tourism

Khalid Ul Islam
The government, as well as social organizations, are concerned about food waste. The World Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program have joined forces to create a global mission to reduce food waste.
We’ve all heard stories about how much food is wasted at weddings and festivals. A lot of food is thrown away on these occasions. We can see that there is plenty of food left even in hotels. At weddings, a variety of delicacies are offered, which has become a tradition. A variety of foods are cooked and presented to visitors who have been invited. People devour more food than their stomachs can hold and then throw it away.
On the one hand, millions of people suffer from malnutrition, while millions of tons of food are wasted every day, which is an irony. Every year, a third of the food produced on the planet is thrown away. Extreme food waste also contributes to climate change, as leftover food is strewn in landfills, producing methane gas.
According to a report by the World Food Organization, one in seven people on the planet sleeps hungry. In the Global Hunger Index, India is ranked 67th. Each year, India produces 251 million tons of cereals, but one in four Indians goes to bed hungry. According to a survey by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, India’s delivery system leads to spoilage of 23 million tons of pulses, 120 million tons of fruits and 21 million tons of vegetables every year.
Our country is now facing the problem of food waste. The government, scientists and farmers are working tirelessly day and night to meet the food needs of everyone in our country.
Farmers grow these things on the ground and bring them to our tables after investing a lot of effort and money. Each month, about a third of these groceries are thrown away due to household and business negligence. It is therefore not only a waste of food, but also a waste of invested money.
The best way to save is to avoid waste. The same applies in the case of food. Here are some suggestions for reducing food waste:
Plan ahead for a week’s or full month’s worth of meals and shop appropriately. Don’t overdo it with anything. If you don’t plan your dinner in advance, you’ll waste more food. For example, suppose we buy cheese and store it in the refrigerator for several days. Then it will spoil and we will have to throw it away. It is better that we just buy what is needed. When you go to the market, be sure to check out the refrigerator and pantry, as well as the goods and house ends.
We often forget to keep food in the fridge because it’s out of sight. Things like these tend to go wrong. To avoid wasting food, we need to clean our refrigerator every three to four days. Everything you put in it will be visible and we will finish it in the order you put it in.
Serve as many people as you can. We frequently throw leftover food in the trash after serving too much. This is something you should avoid doing. Feeding children is generally a waste of food; so avoid it.
The most pressing concern is how to reduce personal food waste. On the one hand, the wealthy class sees wasting food as a natural right; on the other hand, the inhabitants of the country are starving. Because India is a country where festivals and weddings take place regularly, and large numbers attend these events, it is understandable that food is wasted. It’s not just about a day or a house; this negative habit has gradually taken root in people’s lives.
Measures to prevent food waste
* Shop smart every time you shop; try to buy only those items that will keep you cool for a long time. It will also save you from wasting unnecessary items. Store food properly. The maximum wastage of food is caused by improper storage or non-storage.
* Never refrigerate things like potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic and similar items; instead, store them in the open and dry.
* Somehow, individuals forget to check the production date and expiration date of the item they purchased. After their expiry date, these foods are no longer edible. In such a circumstance, always check the production and expiry date of canned foods before buying them.
* Clean the refrigerator regularly to avoid food waste. This will allow you to keep your refrigerator clean and hygienic while protecting you from illnesses caused by eating old and stale foods.
* Fruits and vegetables lose their color and end up becoming household waste. Accordingly, it is advisable to bring an increasing amount of fruits and vegetables that can be eaten within two or three days.
* Home composting If you waste food at home, don’t throw it away; instead, store it in a large plastic container and leave it out in the open. It will break down into compost within a few months, which you can use in your garden. This will help you avoid the spread of household waste.
* Do not overfill the dish; instead, serve as much food on the plate as you eat. Never put more food on a tray than necessary.
World Food Day 2021 will be held under the theme “Our actions are our future – Better production, better nutrition, better environment and better life”.
As countries around the world struggle with the far-reaching consequences of the global Covid-19 pandemic, World Food Day 2021 will be commemorated for the second time. It is time to look to the future that we must create together.
The author is Research Scholar (STATISTICS)
(SKUAST-JAMMU)

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