According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
Food waste or food loss is the food material that is either discarded or unable to be used. The causes of wasted food are numerous, and occur at the stages of production, processing, and retailing.
- The tons of food wasted at social gatherings such as picnic, visit to hotels, snacks on roadside shops across the country each day contrasts sharply with the food shortages and starvation faced by millions of poor Indians.
- An estimated 20 to 40% of fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops.
- Much of household food waste is due to spoilage, overcooking, plate waste and over-purchasing.
- There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but approximately 40 million tons of food wasted by retailers and food services each year.
- The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tones in 2009/2010).
- 24 to 35% of school lunches end up in the bin.
- At least 40% of all fruits and vegetables are lost in India between the grower and the consumer due to the lack of refrigerated transport.
How we can do our bit to reduce Food Wastage at Mauli Agri Tourism:
We can reduce our contribution to food waste by taking simple, basic steps.
- For starters, plan a food menu before each round of serving at lunch/dinner time, so it’s easier to finish food as per your appetite requirement, before it end up in dust bin.
- Careful attention should also be given to the number of elders, toddlers & adolescent, before ordering number of plates.
- Educate your kids, about how to completely finish all items in the plate before proceeding to take delicious sweet items and ultimately dispose of food on a more sustainable basis.
- One of the main causes of waste is the excessive size of food portions served on plates.
Pledge to you, on contribution towards reducing food waste at home, after enjoying excellent time at Mauli Agri Tourism:
1. Write a list!
Menu plan your meals for a week. Check the ingredients in your fridge and Storage.
2. Stick to the list!
Take your list with you and stick to it when you’re in the store. Don’t be tempted by offers — you’ll come back with more than you need.
3. Keep a healthy fridge.
Check that the seals on your fridge are good and check the fridge temperature too.
4. Don’t throw it away!
Fruit that is just going soft can be made into fruit pies. Vegetables that are starting to wilt can be made into soup.
5. Use up your leftovers.
Instead of scraping leftovers into the bin, why not use them for tomorrow’s ingredients?
When you buy new food from the store, bring all the older items in your storage and fridge to the front.
7. Buy what you need.
Buy loose fruits and vegetables instead of pre-packed, and then you can buy exactly the amount you need.
If you only eat a small amount of bread, then freeze it when you get home and take out a few slices a couple of hours before you need them.
9. Turn it into garden food.
Some food waste is unavoidable, so why not set up a compost bin for fruit and vegetable peelings?
Pledge to Save Water
- Over 150 crore people do not have access to clean, safe water.
- Lack of access to safe water is not a technical problem – It is a human, logistics, funding and efficiency issue.
- 780 million people lack access to an improved water source, according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program.
- Half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.
- About 10% of total water used in an average household goes in the kitchen.
- According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!
How we can do our bit to reduce Water Wastage:
- Always turn the taps off tightly so they do not drip.
- When brushing your teeth, turn the water off while you are actually brushing instead of running it continuously.
- Keeping your shower less than 5 minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine.
- Never wash the plates under running water; use a bowl of water or fill the sink.
- Peeling vegetables under running water wastes a lot; use a bowl of water or fill the sink.
- Fix all leaks and dripping taps as soon as possible; water is valuable.
- You can reduce water usage by 40% to 50% by installing low-flush toilets.
- Promptly repair any leaks in and around your taps.
- Adjust your toilet flush on the minimum (8 meters per flush is a common limit).
- Do not use hot water when cold will do.