Food Wastage is a Very Real ProblemA report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) states that a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted annually world wide. The same report states that one-third of the total global food produced is wasted, which amounts to a loss of Rs 47 lakh crore! While the issue of food wastage is too big to be tackled by simply restricting the amount of food we order, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Food Wastage is Criminal in a Poor Country Like IndiaAh, the old “there’s a starving child in Africa” argument. While it’s definitely a fallacy to say that by eating all that we order we’re alleviating hunger elsewhere, at least we can acknowledge that food wastage in a country as poor as ours is a criminal extravagance. This proposal could help curb how much food is wasted on a per capita basis. And leftover food can always be redistributed through the right channels.
You’ll Never Have to Worry About How Much to OrderIf you know how much you’ll be served every time you place an order at a restaurant, it eliminates that familiar sense of worry that you might not have ordered enough for everyone. If this proposal becomes law, your favourite restaurant will have to state how much of that delicious Paneer Butter Masala you can expect in a serving. Order just enough for yourself and whoever you’re with and you’re taking a bite out of food wastage in the long run.
Track What You EatAt a more personal, lifestyle level, even the most conscientious gym bros like to eat out occasionally. By making the quantities in each dish known, it becomes easier to track your food consumption even when you’re eating at a restaurant. While you’ll probably never be able to know exactly what has gone into your food, you could at least get a close approximation of the calories in a meal consumed outside your house.
This is Just The First StepBeing able to recognise a problem and address it, in whatever capacity, is the first step in fixing said problem. Once we begin to understand the scope of the issue and how best to tackle it, we can begin to look for solutions from across the board. Other countries have already begun to tackle the issue of food wastage on a larger scale, but it didn’t happen overnight. Every major societal change must begin somewhere and this is India’s chance to do her bit to put an end to a problem we can no longer ignore.
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