Tackling food wastage

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The UN’s announcement that one-third of the world’s food is wasted annually prompted a range of responses from readers. Here are some of them

Next time, at the

grocery shop

Shop smart. Plan meals, use grocery lists, and avoid impulse buys. This way, you’re less likely to buy things you don’t need and that you’re unlikely to actually consume. Buy items only when you have a plan for using them.

Buy exactly what you need. For example, if a recipe calls for two carrots, don’t buy a whole bag. Instead, buy loose produce so you can purchase the exact number you’ll use.  buy what you need and don’t over-buy.

Funny-looking produce: Many fruits and vegetables are thrown away because their size, shape, or colors don’t quite match what we think these items “should” look like. 


Class X, Montfort School, Trichy

Calculate and change

1.3 billion tonnes of food being wasted every year is a great loss! We have a duty in improving these statistics.

One idea is to take notes on what we cook and what we waste for a week. Estimate the value for it. When we see this amount we will be shocked and think “Oh! This could have gotten me a new cell phone”. Families should limit their food wastage and in case of leftovers, give them to the needy on the same day. Some 870 million people suffer from hunger everyday. We should make up our mind not to waste the food.


Class XI, Cheran Matric HSS, Karur

Four simple steps

Here are some ideas: 1. Reduce the over-purchase of food; it also saves you money.

2. Eat what you buy.

3. Keep food fresh.  

4. Ensure proper storage techniques.

Lastly, if possible we should follow the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

Divya Shankhala

Think of the hungry

We cannot afford to lose so much food. Wasting food must be reduced in our houses. People in rich and middle class families mustn’t waste large quantities of food saying that they don’t like it stating a number of reasons. Every time they waste food, they will have to remember all those people who have nothing to eat but simply fill their tummies with water before going to bed. School going children don’t eat the food given to them completely.

Their parents will have to counsel them and insist them the importance of not wasting food.   Sometimes, raw vegetables get smashed off when they are being transported from one place to the other. I feel that that the people involved in this transportation must ensure the safe travel of vegetables without being destroyed.

Raw grains are also being wasted just because of the unavailability of storage silos. During weddings, and in canteens and hotels, surplus food is thrown out into the dustbin. If this food is given to the poor in their respective districts, there would be no hunger in our country.  Every of us must realise that food is a valuable source of energy and that it must not be wasted.


Class X, Cheran Matric HSS, Karur



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