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Old 21st September 2012, 00:59   #16
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"no organization like orphanage, old age home etc is willing to come and collect any food."
No one wants to spend a litre or 2 of fuel to go and deliver this excess food to organisations who already have the network to distribute them, that is the reality.

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Nobody can depend on leftovers. Someday it might be a feast and on others, they have to go hungry. Secondly, hotels find that they have leftovers after the eating hours, say at 3PM for lunch & 11PM for dinner. So its difficult for anybody to depend on leftovers.

Food wastage in hotels is actually the top of the pyramid.
In the middle, vegetable markets waste much more. They discard everything customers won't buy.
At the bottom are the farmers, who throw everything away that is not of right shape & color.
That can in no way justify the cooked food waste that goes into the bin rather than to a hungry fellow being who is just living or dying next door.
I did mention the waste of food grains over stocked in the FCI godowns without proper distribution.


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Eh. The first part of article seems to be India specific (the problem statement part) but the second part seems to be more Western lifestyle specific.

Let me explain. Specially in US, with stores like Costco etc, where you save some money by buying in bulk, people do tend to store a lot more perishable items than they can consume. Hence some part of it goes to waste. I am not sure how widespread the consumer base is of stores like Metro and Big Bazaar but last i checked, majority of folks in India buy perishable items for maximum a week, and all of it gets consumed.

But having said that, it does not mean we dont waste food. Just go to any IT company's cafeteria where you have thali system. I say IT because thats what my experience is limited to. You'll see two people sharing a thali to save money and then throw half of the food into waste.

But the food wastage at individual level is nothing compared to the wastage at the systemic level. See this article:
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/n...in-going-waste

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Still not a case for FDI in retail that will overhaul and add to the existing storage facilities??
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That can in no way justify the cooked food waste that goes into the bin rather than to a hungry fellow being who is just living or dying next door.
My point was, its difficult to the identify hungry fellow. Secondly, its difficult to promise him food everyday.
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I did mention the waste of food grains over stocked in the FCI godowns without proper distribution.
Imagine the chaos in market if those grains are released in market. Price is going to fall and farmers will be up in arms. So those grains won't be used in present times.

Its possible to safely store those grains. Farmers are producing more grains than we need. So there is no use of those grains in future time.
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Related news: Wedding food worth goes waste
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"About 84,960 marriages are held at 531 kalyana mantapas (marriage halls) in Bangalore every year. About 943 tonnes of high-calorie quality food is wasted in these halls annually. At an average cost of Rs 40 per meal, the total food wastage in the city is estimated at Rs 339 crore," the study said.
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"This is enough to feed 2.6 crore people a normal Indian meal," a study by a team of 10 professors from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore
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How about this one?

http://freerice.com/

Does this work?
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