UN agency urges ac­tion to cut 1.3-B tons of food wasted glob­ally

Manila Bulletin - - Views • Features News - By CHITO A. CHAVEZ

wastage has be­come a pri­mary con­cern of Que­zon City au­thor­i­ties af­ter re­ports of the United Na­tions (UN) Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) re­vealed that 1.3 bil­lion tons of food are wasted glob­ally.

The re­port also noted that one in ev­ery seven peo­ple in the world goes hun­gry and more than 20,000 chil­dren un­der the age of five die from hunger daily.

It was also noted that it takes about 1,000 liters of wa­ter to pro­duce one liter of milk and about 16,000 liters go to a cow’s food to make a ham­burger.

With this, FAO noted the re­sult­ing green­house gas emis­sions from the cows them­selves, and through­out the food sup­ply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.

With this re­port, Coun­cilors Vic­tor Fer­rer Jr., Eufemio Lagum­bay and Ran­ulfo Lu­dovica has strongly pushed for moves that would end it as mil­lions are bound to go on eat­ing sprees this Hol­i­day sea­son.

Cit­ing the plight of the im­pov­er­ish groups in the coun­try, the city coun­cilors urged ac­tion that would at least re­duce food waste the whole year-round.

They stressed that re­duc­ing food loss at the din­ing ta­ble that are usu­ally caused by “false hunger’’ (takaw tin­gin) should be avoided not only to re­duce food wastage but also to pro­tect the ecosys­tem.

The coun­cilors agreed that the pub­lic should be en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyre­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens and should be con­scious on cut­ting down food wastes as bil­lions of peo­ple around the world are suf­fer­ing from ex­treme hunger, star­va­tion and famine.

“Ev­ery grain of rice should be con­sumed in the plate since each piece adds up to mil­lions of tons of wasted rice yearly,’’ Fer­rer said.

Fer­rer added that it may be wise for the city gov­ern­ment to hire nutri­tion­ists and food waste ex­perts who will ed­u­cate the house­holds at the barangay level to cut down on food waste.

“This would help ed­u­cate barangay of­fi­cials in pro­vid­ing mas­sive in­for­ma­tion on ways on how to cut down on food wastes,’’ he added.

Food ex­perts said that it would be wise for the par­ents to check their re­frig­er­a­tors and look for the items that should be con­sumed first be­fore go­ing to the mar­ket stalls or su­per­mar­kets.

It will also be wise to mix and match food items in the menu plan to en­tice the chil­dren to eat healthy and fin­ish their meals reg­u­larly.

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