One of the things that annoy me most in life is seeing people waste food. My travels around the world have shown me how much of a wasteful generation we are. Few weeks ago I wrote a post title “Climate change is causing starvation in Africa” which reveals how much people are suffering from starvation due to increasing drought and flooding. If reports from several climate experts are to go by, there will be more drought this year especially in the world‘s poor nations. I believe we cannot continue to live this wasteful life especially during these challenging times. In developing nation’s famers struggle with food loss before it gets to the market due to poor preservations or lack of amenities to support advanced food storage systems.
Apart from the humanitarian implication of not wasting food, World Resources Institute reported on the environmental implication of wasting food. It is reported that you are contribution to climate change by tossing food away. This is true because you are increasing the waste that is sent to the landfills and also wasting the water that was used in the cultivation of the crops.
According to the World Resources Institute, inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture. Agriculture is already the world’s biggest user of freshwater: The sector accounts for 70 percent of all water use around the world, according to the World Water Assessment Program. Those freshwater resources are diminishing fast, just as demand for them rises from millions of hungry and thirsty people joining the global population.
I think it’s important we reduce our food waste, and most importantly teaching our children not to waste food is necessary. In the previous blog post talked about in the first paragraph, I explained why it’s important to help poor nation suffering from starvation by contributing to the world food program and assisting them in developing technology to build a sustainable agricultural process. Kindly send your donations to the World food program by clicking this link.