By Ravindran Raman Kutty
In this write-up by Ravindran Raman Kutty - an avid writer, community worker, award-winning communications practitioner and social activist with a profound love for the environment ? he shares his views on curbing food waste.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- We welcome our new government that feels the pulse of the people who are awed by the reform agenda and the daily shake-ups taking place. I am inspired to draw the attention of the newly appointed Housing and Local Government Minister to the serious issue of food waste in our country.
One in every nine people in the world has no access to sufficient food to lead a healthy life. More are reported to die from hunger every day in comparison to AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
On the other hand, nearly one-third of the food that is produced in the world is lost or wasted. Food wastage, which includes both food loss and food waste, is not only morally irresponsible but a huge contributor to economic loss and damage to the world environment.
Food loss takes place as a result of insufficient skills, natural calamities, lack of proper infrastructure and poor practices. Food waste occurs when edible food is intentionally discarded by people when they fail to plan their meals or store food properly until it goes past the expiry date. Food waste can also happen due to oversupply in markets. Retailers tend to reject food that does not conform to their quality and aesthetic standards. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that nearly one-third of all food produced in the world for human consumption does not find its way to our tables.
More than 50 per cent of the waste occurs during the post-harvest handling and storage phase, whilst another 50 per cent is wasted during the processing, distribution and consumption stage.....