Stop food wastage

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS -

RAMAZAN is a time for re flec­tion, a re­minder of those who are less for­tu­nate than us and a time to open our minds and hearts to those in need. It’s also a joy­ous time, when fam­ily and friends come to­gether to share food and take com­fort from ta­bles of plenty and the com­pany of others. Sadly, how­ever, Ramazan also high­lights the amount of food that goes to waste in the rush to cater fully to all.

The re­al­ity is that one third of all of the ma­te­rial that en­ters the mu­nic­i­pal land­fill site in Abu Dhabi is made up of food waste. In Dubai, the fig­ures are equally de­press­ing, with re­ports sug­gest­ing that 38 per cent of the con­sum­able food that is pre­pared and cooked goes to waste. And dur­ing Ramazan, that fig­ure climbs to 55 per cent. These fig­ures re­veal wastage of food at a stag­ger­ing level. Each of us can take ba­sic steps to curb wastage, mak­ing sure that those who go with­out food can re­ceive their due. When shop­ping, we need to buy less. When food is pre­pared, the quan­tity should be an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the needs of those who are due to con­sume it. And when there’s too much, give the sur­plus to so­cial agen­cies tuned into feed­ing others. — Gulf News

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