Food’s and food waste’s importance is reflected in the story of Krishna and a grain.
Once Krishna went to meet Pandavas unannounced around the afternoon and was hungry. He called our Draupadi, his sister to give him some food. Draupadi became tense as they just had finished their meal and nothing was left. Observing a perplexed Draupadi, Krishna understood her dilemma and asked her to show the utensils. He found One Grain of Rice and Quickly Relished it and smiled satisfied. Krishna burped and said, ” Even One Grain is Enough to satiate me “.
Food waste: Not just a Humanitarian, Social and Economic Concern but Environmental too
India wastes more than 40% of Raw food due to inefficient transport and storage. Developed countries, especially America throw away half of their cooked food. The world wastes 1.3 Billion tons of Fruits, Vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, and grains On the other hand Billions of people sleep on empty stomach and are undernourished. India has the highest population of malnourished children.
Food waste is the third* highest source of Carbon emissions in the world almost Equal to Global Road transport Greenhouse ( Carbon dioxide and Methane ) emissions, yet no one knows about the scale and impact of this wastage. * FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organisation ). Food Production has the biggest impact through carbon emissions, thus the biggest Climate Change contributor.
Next time you overeat or throw away fruits, vegetables or cooked food , stop for a second and think how much energy, water, human endeavour have gone into placing that single spoon of food ! Food waste is not only a crime against humanity but a sin.
Eating in moderation , not only enhances your health but contributes to saving and building of many lives for which you do not have to donate or do any charity, just Save That Food on The Plate !