Updated: Nov 18, 2019
“We are trashing our land to grow food that no one eats” – Tristram Stuart. As we all know, Food is
Considered as the first basic requirement of a man. Food poundage. Interestingly, research shows
That most humans eat between 3-5 pounds per day. In spite of this, it is estimated by the UN that 0
Nearly 40% of the food produced in India is wasted or lost. And this cost India one Lakh crore rupees
Every year. Food wastage in India is happening at every level; from harvesting, transporting, processing,
Packaging and consuming.
A shocking report on food wastage had revealed that India wastes 67 million
Ton food every year. The study conducted by Ciphet (Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engg & Technology),
The farm ministry’s harvest-research body says the food wasted is more than the national output of countries
Such as Britain and enough to feed a state like Bihar for a year.
‘Wedding food worth Rs 339 crore goes waste’ – TOI. About 84,960 marriages are held at 531 kalyana mantapas
(Marriage halls) in Bangalore every year. About 943 tons of high-calorie quality food is wasted in these halls annually.
At an average cost of Rs 40 per meal, the total food wastage in the city is as estimated at Rs 339 crore, the study said.
The waste is to the extent of 20-25 percent when the number of dishes exceeds the number of guests invited to
So invite minimal guests, it is tricky but being strict with your guest list reduces wastage of food.
Monitor the children, because they account for more food wastage. Small kids do not understand the importance
Of avoiding food wastage and end up taking into the plate everything just for the sake of taking. They won’t be able
To eat much or they don’t like. Care should be taken that children do not spill and drop the food while eating as this
Also leads to wastage. Instruct the caterers as well. Inform them not to serve too much at a time in the plate. If people
Want more they can always request caterers to serve more. Go for Eco-friendly weddings where food is not wasted.
Select halls where they have the infrastructure set up to adapt eco-friendly weddings. Recycling will be done. Reusable
Materials are used wisely leads to no wastage.
We’re late! The World’s population will exceed 9 billion in 2050, with most of the growth in developing countries.
The United States Department of Agriculture reckons that the number of hungry (“food insecure”) people in
Sub-Saharan Africa will rise by a third. The FAO reckons that food production will need to increase by 70%.
Crop yields are flat. And many trends are negative. So DON’T WASTE FOOD!
There is enough for everyone’s need, not for everyone’s greed. Before complaining about the taste of your
Food, think of someone who has nothing to eat. THINK AND ACT.