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Wasting food is a crime to humanity

Waste not, want not. It’s an age-old adage that is as relevant today as it ever was – especially when it comes to food. In a world where one in nine people do not have enough to eat, it is unconscionable to let good food go to waste.   The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one-third of all the food produced in the world – some 1.3 billion tonnes – is wasted each year. That’s enough to feed the 870 million hungry people around the globe.

Waste Food Management

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While there are many factors that contribute to food waste, from poor harvesting and storage practices to supermarkets discarding perfectly edible food, ultimately it is up to each and every one of us to do our part in reducing food waste. Here are some simple tips on how you can cut down on the amount of food you waste:

1. Plan your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you need

2. Use up leftovers by getting creative in the kitchen

3. Donate extra non-perishable items to your local food bank

4. compost your fruit and vegetable scraps.

When it comes to food wastage, there are a number of harmful effects. First and foremost, wasted food takes up valuable space in landfills. In addition, when food rots in landfills, it emits methane gas, which is a potent greenhouse gas.  Moreover, the resources used to produce food – including water, land, and energy – are also wasted when that food is not eaten. And finally, food waste deprives people of nourishment; an estimated 795 million people worldwide do not have enough to eat.

Food Waste Problem in India 

In India, it is estimated that approximately 40% of the food produced is wasted. This is a staggering amount, and it has major implications for both the environment and society.

The problem of food waste in India is exacerbated by the fact that a large portion of the population lives in poverty. Roughly one third of Indians live below the poverty line, and many struggle to access adequate food on a daily basis. When food is wasted, it not only represents a loss of potential nutrition for those who are hungry, but also a lost opportunity to help alleviate poverty.

There are many reasons why food is wasted in India. One significant factor is the lack of infrastructure and proper storage facilities. Inadequate refrigeration means that perishable foods often spoil before they can be eaten. This problem is compounded by the fact that many Indians live in rural areas where there is little access to electricity.

Another major reason for food waste in India is poor planning and inefficient supply chains. Many farmers produce more than what can be sold, leading to surplus crops that go to waste. In addition, retailers often overstock their shelves, resulting in fruits and vegetables going bad before they can be purchased by consumers.

The issue of food waste in India needs to be addressed urgently. If not, the country will continue to face serious problems with hunger and poverty, as well as environmental degradation.  

How does MyRecycler assist?

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In India, it is estimated that close to 40% of the food produced is wasted. This wastage occurs at various levels in the food supply chain, right from production to consumption. At MyRecycler, we help you overcome the following factors with our expertise and capabilities, to manage food waste :

1) Storage and transportation facilities: Lack of proper storage and transportation facilities leads to spoilage of food items, especially during extreme weather conditions. MyRecycler ensures to address this problem. 

2) Efficient supply chain management: Inefficiencies in the supply chain often result in food getting spoilt before it reaches the consumers. MyRecycler has means to deal with this problem. 

3) Creating awareness among people: There is a lack of awareness among people about the importance of managing food waste. This often leads to households throwing away perfectly good food. MyRecycler‘s Awareness programmes tackle this issue. 

4) Proper disposal of food waste: Food waste is often disposed off in an improper manner, which can lead to environmental pollution. MyRecycler ensures to professionally handle this problem.

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