The other day I got a phone call from a lecturer at a government university in our country. “Eranda, I am reading your Colombo letter.
There is a subject that none of our politicians talk about much.
Talk about it if you can.” What he said is really a topic that many of our leaders have missed, because it is not so popular.
That is food waste.
Anyway, from time immemorial, our nation does not send visitors to their homes empty-handed. Drink or eat some rice “..
So, because of this habit, not only at a wedding, at a funeral, but even at a funeral, people are not sent empty-handed without filling their stomachs.
But sometimes this is the reason why we all over-cook and throw away too much food.
It’s normal, but the problem is that we do not think much about what usually happens.
As a result, one third of the world’s food production now goes to waste.
According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 45% of world vegetable and fruit production, 35% of fish production, 30% of grain production and 20% of milk production are dumped as garbage.
When you look at the number of people dying from starvation around the world, you can see how much crime the world is committing.
At the time of writing, 4,252,669 people have died of malnutrition this year alone.
By the time you read this article, this number has definitely increased. Because about 15,000 a day adds to this total.
Every 10 seconds a good one child around the world goes hungry and closes their eyes forever.
The United Nations aims to reduce this death toll to zero by 2030, but we all have a responsibility to do so.
About 219,000 new people are added to the dining table every night.
One is that countries without food and people will no longer have access to food and will be restricted to those who can afford it.
On the other hand, in producing more food for this growing quantity, a considerable amount of it is wasted and destroyed as garbage.
Because even now 80% – 90% of our domestic garbage is added to the environment as food. Think for yourself. How much of the rice have we thrown away unnecessarily to share on the plate?
So, fortunately, this issue is unknown to the majority of Sri Lankans.
However, in some European lands laws have been enacted to restrict food waste.
Due to the daily crushing, the quantity of vegetables and fruits removed from the economic centers and suburbs of the city of Colombo is significant.
There is even the possibility of reintroducing some of these vegetables and fruits to the market in other ways. They can be reused in the form of chutneys, jams, cordials, processed foods.
However, it is a question of whether Parliament will formulate a proper government mechanism or long term plans to provide the necessary financial assistance and technical knowledge to the people, even if the officials of the agricultural sector in our country have empowered the people for it at various times. If you can take such a step, it is a good answer to some problems.
The results are the creation of new employment opportunities, the ability of farmers to get their produce at a reasonable price without wasting it, the products of which can be used by people who are addicted to the toxins of multinational corporations, to create a healthier population and to reduce the amount of food that is added to the environment as garbage. several..
So, as a young politician, I am ready to give my full support to such steps wherever I want!