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Feast Smartly for a Better Tomorrow

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Food is the main attraction of every celebration, bringing together family and friends, feeding both the body and the soul. A thanksgiving meal is a representation of the gratitude humans have towards God thanking him for the abundant crop and blessings bestowed.

What do we picture when we think of any celebration?

Tables overflowing with a range of savoury foods, sweet delicacies, and beverages. But have you ever pictured a celebration as an overflowing LANDFILL? Sadly but true, that is where all the celebrations end up — FOOD WASTE!

Every day, especially during the festive season, tonnes of food are wasted. This gives rise to emission of greenhouse gases, which further deteriorates our environment.

Food waste (over-shopping, allowing fruits and vegetables to go stale, or over-cooking) is now become a part of our lifestyle. We are not only wasting food, time and effort but also depleting natural resources like water and land.

Food Waste Equals …

1. Food waste = Water waste: Agriculture uses most of the world’s freshwater. When we throw away food, we also waste gallons of water used to grow and sustain plants and animals.

2. Food waste = Greenhouse gas: Rotten foods in landfills produce methane, which stays in the air and traps solar heat for almost 12 years.

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Sharleen Zacharia is a trained Nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sharleen Zacharia

Sharleen Zacharia is a trained Nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics.