By Padma Edirisinghe
Why do we eat? You may variously answer to this question. Fundamentally, we eat to get nutrition to our body for healthy living as long as we live. One of the core contributors for the wellbeing of the people and the planet is lie on our attitude towards ‘wasteful’ habits. While millions are going hungry in some part of the world, other part of the world waste the food and also over consume without disregard to their own well-being and get diseases in younger age.
“The coexistence of hunger and obesity, the overexploitation of natural resources and the large amounts of food lost and wasted are the three food paradoxes identified by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN)”
“Food sustainability is about culture, education, health, equity and respect for the planet we live in. We hope that all these initiatives become useful tools for policy makers and civil society, for experts and trainers, and for anyone studying to work in the food system in the future”
How do we address or avoid the food loss and waste?
“Given that enough food is already being produced to feed the global population, a critical tool in the sustainable expansion of food availability will be addressing food loss and waste. Vast amounts of food are wasted globally, through the loss of fresh produce and crops before they reach markets and through the food thrown away by consumers.”
Food waste is happening in both in the richest country and in poorest country in the world. Without a Global sustainability management and planning which must be orchestrated according to each country cultural, historical, educational, and health indexes, there could not be sustainability goals reached.
The current Food Sustainability Index (Country Ranking) according to Barilla institute: Click Here