World Food Crisis and My Kitchen

Jun 29, 2008

Food Crisis! Food Crisis!  Food Crisis! 

We know that there are 850 million people who go to bed without food everyday (U.N. food agency)!  Are we doing anything about it?  Do we realise that our KITCHEN WASTAGE is one of the cause of food crisis? 

I am asking myself first what if I was among the 850 Million? I asked my friends too! And they said to be ‘hey come on, don’t be silly! Why worry when we are not affected by the World Food Crisis. It affects only the poor people. As long as we have enough money we don’t have to worry we can afford to buy and waste’.

Yes, that’s what most of us think. We cannot compromise with yesterday’s left over food. That should go in the bin! We always want fresh food everyday. Can’t see the fridge being empty.  It should be always filled with lots of food and drinks don’t care whether we really need it or not!  What is the point in buying everything and storing it in the fridge for months?  Seriously, sometimes we don’t even know what we going out of date in the fridge. Finally it is binned! 

If husbands query, ‘why are you putting in the bin? ‘

We have and answer ready ‘Hmm, Come on, it’s expired long back and there is no space in the fridge to store what I have brought today! ‘ 

Not only that we serve our kids so much food we know they don’t have capacity to eat that quantity what we served still we force them to eat and finally it goes in the bin. Don’t you think the kids are watching and are quick to learn at this age! 

For some people cooking in abundance for a party is a prestigious issue. There is a saying, ‘there should always be enough food in your vessels even after the party winds off. Vessels shouldn’t be empty in any house or at a party!’

I think we have to bring and cook what we want and make use of it without wasting it. From today before we bend our self to dump extra food in the bin lets pause for a few second think ‘What about those 850 Million people?’ If we continue wasting food I am sure we will be in that number soon! 

Ashuntha Pereira, Gantalkatte, UK
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Comment on this article

  • June Carvalho, Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2008

    How many of us really think of the hungry and the poor when we say the Grace before/after a meal? Wastage of any kind should be discouraged, whether of food, water, electricity or any other resource. Particularly where food is concerned, one would do well to remember that we eat to live and NOT live to eat!!

  • JOLLY D'MELLO, mangalore

    Wed, Jul 02 2008

    Indeed it was a thought provoking day to day life we seldom understand the word meaning "wastage". I congragulate asuntha for this meaningful article

  • jessica, Bentwal/ Dubai

    Wed, Jul 02 2008

    I am actually aware of this fact, but articles of this type can be an eye opener for us. Most of the time we are lost in our own petty world, it is time for us to wake up and reach out in whatever ways we can, because a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

  • jeevan sequeira, chikmagalur

    Wed, Jul 02 2008

    Good work ashuntha,I remember an article of mother thresa, if she could only collect the rice grains struct to the fingers while washing our hands after the meals, she would have fed so many starving people... if we realise the value of each grain then probably we will not have our fellow beings starving of hunger...

  • James D'Souza, Mangalore/USA

    Tue, Jul 01 2008

    Well presented with facts. But I think out of the 850 hungry people someone may be under our own roof. We feed our children abundently and also waste some but neglect them? First please let us learn to "clean our own house"one at a time and the 850 will become less in number!.

  • Abdul Rahman, Doha Qatar

    Tue, Jul 01 2008

    Fantastic article. I am telling my wife every day about the wastage and the answer I was getting is the same as you write. I have to tell my wife to read this and to stop the waste.

  • Dr.Anand T Pereira, SAKLESHPUR

    Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Congrats on highlighting the various aspects about the food crisis. Global citizens, need to realize that in the last decade we were witnessing something peculiar about food known as the" Paradox of the plenty". In the 1980’s Food stocks were available in plenty, but people used to die of starvation, because they were in no position to buy the food. Today, people have the money, but food stocks throughout the world are decreasing at an alarming rate. The major factor is the wastage of food. We need to realize that every grain of food can feed a hungry child.

  • John B. Miranda, Modankap/Bantwal/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Very good article.If we waste food like we used to do in our lavish parties and in our home the day will come there will be shortage of food and it will affect everydody. so, let us plan our parties or house cooking in such away that will be no wastage of food. And educate our children early in their life not to waste food. keep writing such articles to enlighten the people.

  • Hemanth Fernandes, Managalore

    Mon, Jun 30 2008

    It was a very good and meaningful article to read & Ms. Asuntha has pointed the facts. Wonderful Job Asuntha. It will be more appreciated if everyone think on what you have written here and improve themselves. Obviosly if any crisis come first sufferer will be the poor, its true. But ask your rich friend who will be the last sufferer. I expect more of these kind of Eye openers, which atleast can open eyes of some and balance the nature. Thanks again.

  • Patrick, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Five minutes before I started to read this article, one incident happened. In our Office, one driver is retiring today. So he gave us party-chips,sweet and one samosa. All of us ate full, except one fellow. He took a small bite of that sweet,pushed the plate under the table and left to wash his hands. Seeing this, My colleague next to me and myself talked about wasting things, decided to pick the plate and give the contents to some other people who are really hungry. Some people do not know the value of food.really.

  • Abdul Azeez, Oman

    Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Answer for current food crisis can be found in Holy quran. Quran says you can drink and eat from pure things but dont waste.

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