10-07-2017 05:00 PM
Sagarika Kanukollu      69
The problem has to be resolved at the root- level by each one of us.
India is a country where the major chunk of the economy is generated through agricultural sector.Better storage facilities can help regulate the flow of resources in the country and monitor proper distribution.
The total quantity of food produced in the world can feed twice the present population, but still there are many sleeping hungry. Besides causing hunger, wastage of food is a cause of pollution and economic problems like inflation. A huge amount of water is being extracted from the ground to grow food and also causing deforestation. Moreover, an estimated 25% of water is used in processing food. On the other hand, a large number of rural populations in our country don’t have access to fresh drinking water.
According to the Global Hunger Index, India ranks 63 among 88 countries. Believe it or not, we are individually and collectively responsible for the problems we face today. The consumption pattern in our country is very diverse. On one hand, a large chunk of the population spends lavishly in restaurants. And on the other hand, there are people who struggle all day to arrange a single meal. It’s completely justified if people spend a lot on food, but wasting food is a matter of concern. The thought to save food has to be inculcated in one’s habits.
Monitoring the food wastage and regulating the flow of resources in a country with a huge population is a complex task for the government. Hence, the problem has to be resolved at the root- level by each one of us.
Ensuring proper management of food and reducing wastage can help control climatic changes. It can help save your money and protect your health. Ultimately, we can contribute towards preserving our environment and biodiversity.
And all this doesn’t require a lot of effort. Just clearing our plate each time we eat is a great start.