Dr. Gunwant JoshiM.P.Pollution Control Board, Bhopal
1 in every 7 people in the worldgo to bed hungry andmore than 20,000 children,under the age of 5 years,die daily from hungerThis years theme– Think. Eat. Save.is an anti- food waste and food losscampaign.According to the UN (FAO),annually 1.3 billion tonnes offood is wasted.This is equivalent to the same amountproduced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.At the same time,
More People : More FoodMore ResourcesWith advent of GlobalizationThere is increasing demand on Water Resources
Water foot-print ofsome common foods items 1 cup of coffee needs 140 litres of water. 1 kg of Sorgham needs 650 litres of water. 1 kg maize needs 900 litres of water. 1 litre of milk needs 1000 litres of water. 1 kg of Barley needs 1300 litres of water. 1 kg of wheat needs 1350 litres of water. 1 kg of rice needs 3000 litres of water. 1 kg of Chicken needs 3900 litres of water 1kg of Beef needs 22,000 litres of water
While the planet is struggling to provideenough resources to sustain its 7 billion people(growing to 9 billion by 2050),Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resourcesand a definite contributor toNegative Environmental Impacts. There is an enormous imbalance inlifestyles of Rich that results in todevastating effects on the World Poor &also the Environment as a wholeTheme– Think. Eat. Save – makes us aware ofthe Environmental impact of the food choices thatWe makeThis empowers you to make informed decisions.
There is a growing tendency of using food itemsproduced, processed and transported long distancesoften across the continents.This also results in to large Carbon Foot print.If we eat food items that are locally producedthe Carbon footprint is enormously reducedultimately saving the Environment.Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foodsare not flown halfway across the worldand therefore limit emissions.
The organic foods that do not use chemicalsin the production process not only reducesour body burden of toxics and other chemicalsBut also helps us to live healthy.PCB’s and other Endocrinedisrupting Chemicals [ Dirty Dozens]Ozone Depleting Substances
This year’s campaign Rallies all of us togetherto witness the power of collective decisionsTo reduce food waste and to save money,To minimize Environmental Impact ofFood production andTo strive for our Food productionprocesses
Making informed decision aboutour food choices therefore meansLess of an Environmental Impact.So think before you eatand help save our environment!