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Stop Food Wastage

Environment | 8-11 yrs | Learning Pod

What is food wastage?

Food waste or food loss is food that is discarded or lost because it is not eaten. This can happen at any time during farming or production, processing, selling the food and eating the food.

Why is food wastage considered a problem?

Food wastage is considered a problem because loss of food means resources like water, soil nutrition, investments are lost. Loss of food creates food scarcity. It means that poor people around the world are deprived of food, because the cost of available food increases.

Which are the most wasted foods in the world?
The most wasted foods in the world are :
1. Bread
2. Milk
3. Potatoes
4. Fresh vegetables
5. Meats

How can I stop food waste?

India is a country in which many people do not have enough to eat. Around the world 5 million children die each year because of hunger and lack of enough food. In a world of plenty, a huge number go hungry. This is not because there is less food produced in the world but because those who have food have a lot of it and those who do not have nothing. Stop wasting food so that there is enough for everyone and your government can make it possible for all children to eat.

What are the ways you can stop food wastage in your home?

  1. Shop smartly. Buy only what you need and plan how long it is for. Make a list. Some food last longer like rice, pulses. And some only a short time, like fruits and vegetables, milk, bread.
  2. When eating, don’t serve extra. Serve small portions. This way you can finish what you serve.
  3. Although sometimes eating leftovers is not good, some food can be reserved, if they are good to eat.
  4. Store food properly. This is helpful. Some foods, like rice, pulses and grains get spoilt if they are exposed to air for too long. They collect moisture and also become infected with insects. Use airtight containers, wrap, cover and keep.
  5. Check your fridge and cupboards for food stored. Use the foods with an expiry date coming before the date, so you don’t have to throw it away.
  6. Sometimes if you are going out of town, you may want to donate the food or give the food away.
  7. Making pickles and jams are a good way to keep food for a longer time and yummy to eat.

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