Think.Eat.Save: Reduce your foodprint!

Photo source: From Google search

Photo source: From Google search

Once I was attending my friend’s marriage party, I accidently reached to drain-board. I saw some buckets full of superfluous food. Some grubby dishes were also full of food ready to be dumped. I returned to party venue. I again noticed more than half number of dishes on the floor was almost full of superfluous food. It caught my attention. I waited till the end of party to see total amount of food wastage. At the end, I found almost one-third of total cooked food was left unconsumed.

After returning home, I searched internet and found that globally, about one-third of edible parts of food (about 1.3 billion tons) for human consumption get squandered every year. Food wastage is severe in developed and industrialized country compared to developing country. Per capita food loss in Europe and North-America is 280-300 kg/year whereas 120-170 kg/year in Asia and 6-11 kg/year in South East Asia.

WED 2013Food wastage is significant greenhouse gas (GHG) producer. Avoidable food wastage generates 113 million tons GHG per year which cost $198 billion in USA and 1 million ton CO2 eq. per year in UK and 170 ton of CO2 eq. per year in EU. Food Wastage produces methane which is 23 times more potent Green House Gas than CO. It also leads to pollution, disease outbreak, and global temperature rise as well as fuel loss during transportation, production, storage and dumping.

However, about 870 million people are undernourished during 2010-12 (12.5% of global population) out of which 852 million live in developing country. About 925 million people (13.1% of global population) are suffering from hunger. Globally, percentage of undernourished and stunting children is about 16 and 26 percent respectively in 2010.

I did calculation and found that if single person save 200 grams of food each day, annually s/he can save 73 kg. According to one research in Australia, on average, avoiding 1kg of food waste could avoid 1,000 liter of water being wasted and emissions of CO2 eq. 3.8 kg.

Knowingly or unknowingly, 200 grams of food wastage per day per person is common almost in every country and no one care about it too. Food wastage is more severe in developed country. But just saving amount of food we don’t even care kills appetites of many people, saves huge money and fuel, reduce health and environmental problems, reduce GHG emission and pollution and checks degradation of agricultural lands etc. Beside that, reducing food wastage could stop one out of seven people on earth going bed without food, 16 percent of total children being unnourished and millions of people being suffered from malnutrition.

If so, why not start to reduce food wastage! Let’s make a step to avoid wastage of food and feed rest world dying of hunger. We need to change our food habit. Lets start!!!! First purchase enough food but not excess and use before it expires, reduce wastage as much as during cleaning, storing, cutting etc., don’t cook food more than necessity. If so, call neighbor to eat; strength friendship or develop new. If cooked food remains unconsumed, dry it or store for next time or feed pets but don’t dump.

One single creative idea and action can reduce food wastage and many more. Just ‘THINK.EAT.SAVE.’ Think about right consuming in each step. Eat without wasting even single pinch of food. Save food, save environment and save life of many hungry people around you. Let’s join our hands to save our environment by saving our food and finally saving many human lives.

Other Resources

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change
Big Facts on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
Feeding the 5,000
How to Feed The World in 2050: Action in a changing Climate
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Interview with Robert van Otterdijk, SAVE FOOD
Michael Jackson Earth Song World Environment Day
Save Food
The Global Food Crisis
The work of UNEP’s Resource Efficiency Programme on Agri-Food
Think.Eat. Save. Reduce your foodprint!
Tree hunger
UNEP discussion paper on the role of global food consumption patterns in sustainable food systems
World Environment Day 2013
WRAP
 Zero Hunger Challenge

References

Edward, B., (2011). Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Wasting Food. Retrieved from
http://www.heifer.org/blog/2011/10/waste-not-want-not-stop-wasting-food.html

FAO, WEP, and IFAD. (2012). The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012. Economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to accelerate reduction of hunger and Malnutrition. Rome, FAO.

Gustavsson J., Cederberg C., Sonesson U., Van Otterdijk R., Meybeck A. (2011). Global Food Losses and Food Wastage – Extent, Causes and Prevention. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome, 2011.

Institute of Mechanical Engineering. (January 2013). Global Food Waste Not, Want Not. London: Author.

Nellemann, C,. MacDevette, M., Manders, T. Eickhout, B., Svihus, B., Prins, A. G., kaltenborn, B. P. (Eds). (February 2009). The environmental food crisis – The environment’s role in adverting future food crisis. A UNEP rapid response assessment. United Nations Environment Programme, GRID-Arendal, http://www.grinda.no

Nepal United Nation World Food Program – Fighting Hunger Worldwide. (2013). Overview. Retrieved from http://www.wfp.org/countries/nepal/overview.

WHO (2012). World Health Statistics 2012. Geneva, Switzerland: Author.

World Environment Day 2013. (2013). Food Wastage Facts. Retrieved from http://unep.org/wed/quickfacts/

Venkat, K. (2012). The Climate Change and Economic Impacts of Food Waste in the United States. International Journal of Food System Dynamics 2(4), 2011, 431-466.

Waste and Resource Action Program and WWF. (2011). The Water and Carbon Footprint of Household food and Drink Waste in the UK: A summary for Wales. Retrieved from www.wrap.org.uk.

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32 responses to “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce your foodprint!

  1. nice information. i am taking this informations to whole congregation in my Church, a campaign for this cause. Fr Rajan, Faridabad, Haryana

  2. good article. but this problem in not big problem compared to developed one. but I agree with you that food shouldn’t be wasted…..

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  4. well presented. Food wastage is also major problem in whole world. I can’t believe one third of total food production get wasted whereas many people are suffering from hunger…

  5. Nicely written. Facts presented are terrible here. After reading this post I came to remember the photo from one photographer. In that photo an eagle is waiting a baby to die who was lying like dead in the gound. perhaps that eagle is going to make him its food after he is dead. If food are saved, people might not have to die in short of food. Keep on going man…….

    • Ya man! that photo is just a sample of many hungry people all over the world. We can save many lives and huge money if we just can save squandered foods only.

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  7. As we know that many single drop of water makes ocean,simply recognizing and understanding these facts above, saving little from every individual can reduce bad impact on starved.

  8. I wanna thank you for posting this great information. Keep up this good work. I’ll subscribe to your site also. thnx!

  9. Almost everyday while going to college, unpleasant aroma of decayed food compel me to cover my more with my handkerchief. whereas often I see many hungry children in our locality whom we call slums running here and there in search of food in this dumping site. this situation makes me think that if we can save food that get wasted and goes to dumping site and give it to those children, at least they get chance to eat fresh and healthy food. they might not have to pick up those food dumped.
    as said in this post it’s also creating pollution and lots of environmental problems. if so we really need to reduce food loss which we are doing day by day knowingly or unknowingly. so I like to thank can blogger for creating this blog post which help and inspire many of us to reduce food losses.
    about me, I enjoy keeping some space of stomach empty for another delicious item every time rather than wasting food. also in home I cook food just enough for my family. if extra food remains, my lucky (pet dog) gets its share….

  10. Nicely written. I used to left food in my plate. now a days I knew the value of food that I wasted. so I eat little but I don’t leave food in plate. perhaps this will help to reduce food losses. I know I can buy food anytime when I become hungry but everyone in my country can’t. so I love to save my share of food for them…

  11. Nice article. Daily lots of food get wasted in kitchen. just reducing what get lost in kitchen can reduce huge amount of food. I get inspired from this article. Well written.

  12. information about food wastage and its future implication towards starvation and other alternative ways of reduction and utilization of it…..good one

    • ya purushottam, you are right. if we just can save amount of food that we waste everyday, we can reduce its bad impact in environment and also we become able to feed hungry people.

  13. if we consider few steps while handling food stuffs, we can prevent large amount of food from being wasted. Perhaps we can fed those child around us who have to maintain their day by eating rubbish thrown in dustbin or decayed food. Thank you blogger for your step to create awareness about food wastage, climate change and hunger in earth. Simply the best post.

  14. nice post …i think this post help to preserving those food which is going to waste in coming marriage or any function in Nepal in coming days …..

  15. Very impressive post. Really there are various such things around us for which we don’t care much but small efforts towards such thing may make a great difference to our feelings, attitude and manner. We must try to explore such things.

  16. human nature is really mysterious….. they don’t value what they have an always run after other imaginary world…..i believe dat dis blog will definitely help people know d value of world’s hunger…n it may save some’s lyfe eithersome lyg

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