Have you ever thought of why we all work hard or why people undergo difficulties to earn their livelihood? I also asked this questions several times and reached the conclusion that we all work for the same reason; to fulfill our needs especially hunger. Indeed there may be many other reasons. How rich or how poor you are doesn’t matter, we all have almost the same quantity of food. And that is the basic need for all. “The universe has the resources to satisfy our needs not our greed”. Some are rich; who enjoys or own majority of the resources and some are poor who does not own much resource. The former enjoy everything and the latter only have limited resources.
However they have a major similarity, which is a natural one. Some may earn lakes of rupees and others may have hundreds or a few thousand of rupees per month. But in one thing they are all equal, the amount of food they consume – they all have almost same amount of food; but the quality and variety may vary. Do you think that rich can consume more and poor only could have little? No it is impossible. All are equal in front of food.
Even though we are not self sufficient in food production, we are lucky enough to manage our needs to a certain extent. But it is sad to say that we mismanage our resources and destroy a good amount of resources. In India, government spoil huge amount of food grains every year and not any appropriate steps been taken to stop this heinous practice. On the other side number of our fellow brethren are struggling and dying of hunger and poverty. By knowing this fact we may curse the officials for this inhuman act. But at the same time we should think about the resources that we - the individuals waste, especially food materials every day. No explanation can be strong enough to support this inhuman act.
Plenty of food material is being wasted by individuals by improper use and they are not bothered of this act. Nowadays we could see in hotels, parties and public functions people waste food materials without any hesitation. It is not different in the case of homely food wastage which, also need to be self evaluated. I hope that you also hold the same view that should be avoided at any cost and hereafter do as possible as you could. Let me suggest a few possible steps to manage our resources properly.
1. Prepare or order food according to the need, the money may be yours but the resources belong to the society.
2. Recognise and identify wasting food is a bad habit and think seriously about changing this.
3. Decide never waste food or other resources.
4. Keep a measure – ask the elders or experienced ones, how much food should prepare for such number of persons.
5. Manage the leftover properly instead of throw it away
6. If possible produce at least certain amount of vegetables at home.
As individuals it is our responsibility, not to waste any resources especially food. It is neither easy as we think nor difficult but your decision matters. Let us not waste our food because thousands of our fellow brethren are not fortunate to have a full stomach meals every day.