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Sometimes facts can be stranger than fiction…The earth provides enough for everyone’s needs yet we still have people continually suffering from hunger, malnourishment and starvation. According to studies conducted by the United Nations, an estimated 870 million people across the globe remain perennially hungry and underfed! Yet, every year some 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted globally!
A day of action against hunger, World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16 in order to re-affirm the commitment to curb food wastage and do everything possible to eradicate hunger. So, are you ready to do your part?? Check out these easy and practical ways to avoid wastage of food and help eradicate hunger today!
1. Plan and Shop – Save your time as well as your money by planning out your meals and shopping accordingly. Check out what you already have at home and avoid buying more than what is required or what you don’t need. Keep an eye out for the expiry date as well! If you’ve noticed, food often gets wasted because it’s purchased and never consumed – be it due to the expiry date or be it due to your own forgetful nature! Be a savvy shopper and reduce the amount of food you throw away unnecessarily!
2. Store Well – Proper storage can go a long way in reducing food wastage. Take your time to arrange and store food properly so that it stays fresh and lasts longer. Make sure you keep grains, cereals and other dry products in clean, airtight containers while fruits and veggies, after being washed and cleansed, can go into the freezer along with dairy products and/or meat etc. Keeping a note of the temperature is also beneficial in extending the life of your food.
3. Serve Less – Try and avoid serving yourself as well as your family or guests with too much food! Serving less food on the plate is a smarter thing to do as it helps prevent unwanted wastage. And if needed, one can always go for a second serving later!
4. Leftover for Lunch – Rather than throwing away leftover from last night’s dinner, pack it and store it in the fridge and carry them to work the next day. You’ll be eating healthy as well as saving quite a few pennies :-). There are many interesting recipes available online so you can even get a little creative and experiment with your food!
5. Sharing is Caring – There are many homeless and hungry people out there who can do with a little help from us. Sharing food is a noble act that does good to everyone, and is actually way better than flipping a one rupee coin! So the next time you have any extra food lying around at home just be a generous soul and give it to someone who needs it.
6. Eating Smart @ Restaurants – Restaurants are one of the top places from where the maximum amount of food gets wasted. Eating out is fun and we all like to have our moments of indulgence, but a little caution is essential. Wasting food is a bad habit, seriously! So order only as much as you can finish, and in case you can’t, pack it and bring it home with you. If you don’t want to eat it yourself then be generous and feed a hungry soul on the road!
Reducing food waste can save your money as well as the resources of the planet. So stop wasting, eat smart and start feeding the hungry! Do your part to make this world a better place to live in :-).
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