Let’s Stop Food Wastage
In a world with a population of 7.7 billion, about one in every seven people suffers from hunger, and this scarcity of food has been one of the biggest obstructions in our plans for a progressive future. It is a high time to enact to prevent the loss of consumable foods that occurs from farm to fork.
By Anjali Shrestha
Food is the basic and fundamental need of all human beings, and yet, there is a large population fighting to get one meal a day. In a world with a population of 7.7 billion, about one in every seven people suffers from hunger.
Taking this problem into account, a total of 42 countries jointly took a step forward on October 16, 1945, to act against hunger and malnutrition. This day has been marked as the celebration of the World Food Day, and today, about 150 countries have become a part of it and are working to end hunger by spreading awareness and taking numerous actions. Moreover, the whole world has pledged to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. After all, ‘Zero Hunger’ is the second out of 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ set by the United Nations General Assembly, and the member countries have vowed to achieve the goal by 2030.
“The negligence that people have towards their food has been an astounding contributor to the hunger problem. So, a world with no hunger can only be achieved by the joint effort of people from all over the world.”
The scarcity of food has been one of the biggest obstructions in our plans for a progressive future. The ever-growing population has outnumbered the production of food, leading to all sorts of food crisis around the world. However, this is not the only cause contributing to the hunger population. The negligence that people have towards their food has been an astounding contributor to the hunger problem. Studies suggest that one-third of the food produced is wasted.
This loss of consumable food occurs in multiple stages: from farm to fork. Besides, the spoilage of the produced food, its spillage, transportation loss, preparation and production loss, over-serving, and others, all contribute to food wastage.
Food wastage causes great economic loss and needless hunger. Apart from it, it also has a negative impact on the environmental conditions.
Considering this situation, it’s high time that we all start working on ending this food crisis. A world with no hunger can only be achieved by the joint effort of people from all over the world. It could sound like a cliché but it really comes down to each one of us and our daily food habits.
A person can contribute to saving and utilising the available sources by first laying out a proper meal plan. This helps to follow a sustainable diet plan because it facilitates in knowing the amount of food and nutrients required of a person. Knowing about requirements, one can shop smartly, and shopping for the exact requirements helps to reduce wastage. At the same time, storing the foods as per the instructions prevent food spoilage.
A wide variety in a meal can also lead to wastage. Meals should be prepared in such a way that it covers a wide range of nutrients with a finite number of dishes. Moreover, practising sustainable farming with an aim of producing more food with less investment should be applied to increase the amount of food.
A world without hunger is possible only if all people realise the value of what they have on their plate. One half of the world has been fortunate enough to enjoy different cuisine while the other half has been struggling for a proper one-time meal. It is high time to think and appreciate the food that we have on our plates and contribute in every way possible so that the rest of the world can gain their fundamental right.