Food waste. Let’s not contribute to this. How to keep produce fresh.. Read on


Next time you saw food thrown into the dust bin think hard how many resources get wasted such as water, fertilizers, farmers tirelessly working in the fields(labor),Land used for food production,  food storage and the whole supply chain for bringing food to where we live. We waste lot’s of food without any reasons. More food is cooked then required in a family in most of the houses and excess thrown out. Food is also wasted by restaurants, hotels ,in parties and in many other ways.

According to food and agricultulture organization of United nations http://www.fao.org/ (FAO) Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. We all should know that millions of people somewhere on this planet are dying with hunger and on the other hand we throw away lots of food.  We also loose food and meat due to poor storage facilities, improper transportations and bad handling.

Agriculture uses largest amount of water. Food waste leads to water waste. The food thrown into garbage rots and produce methane gas which is much more deadly than carbon dioxide and depletes ozone layer that protects us from ultraviolet rays of Sun and Methane gas contributes to global warming. This whole thing effects food production with no rains or too much rains and leads to FOOD LOSS. Food loss is crop lost to natural calamities or deadly farm diseases whereas FOOD WASTE is a careless act of humans not paying attention to details of how they are getting food to their tables. Inadvertently we are all contributing heavily towards food loss, food wastage leading to global warming and racing towards food crises and water crises.

Other key findings of FAO of United Nations are.

Industrialized and developing countries dissipate roughly the same quantities of food — respectively 670 and 630 million tonnes.

Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).

Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food.

The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010).

Food waste is more a problem in industrialized countries, most often caused by both retailers and consumers throwing perfectly edible foodstuffs into the trash. Per capita waste by consumers is between 95-115 kg a year in Europe and North America, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia each throw away only 6-11 kg a year.

There is this infograph on how food is wasted globally click on the link for more details http://www.publichealthdegree.com/ 

Read more by clicking here http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ags/publications/GFL_web.pdf

http://www.unwater.org/downloads/Paper_13_Field_to_Fork.pdf

How to keep Fruits and vegetables Fresh…

A group of Scientists from Malaysia found out that if they coat the fruits, vegetables with  gum Arabic, a natural product from the Acacia trees of Sudan, Africa they are able to keep fruits, vegetables from rotting. Also a company has used the rotten fruits, vegetables and extracted a natural chemical and coated fresh fruits , vegetables with that liquid to keep Food fresh. More details about this can be obtained here.  http://apeeltech.com/

I request you to educate your family, friends and others as much as possible to reduce wastage of food and water. Be a part of the solution.  Next time you look at food think of this blog. Please Spread this information to save people from hunger

Actors , actress and celebrities try living as poor. Google to count Fish and water business.


Charity news

“SHE ” is the first  a charity that raises fund to educate girl students in developing world. http://www.shesthefirst.org/

Do something is a effort that gathers  students to help others.  Check more details here http://www.dosomething.org/

A innovative projects called “Live below the line’  https://www.livebelowtheline.com/  asks celebrities to live below poverty line life style for a budget of $1.50. It already attracted 25 000 people to experience poverty real time. The money raised by this effort will go for funding charities focused on hunger and the developing world, http://www.unicef.org/ and malaria no more http://www.malarianomore.org/

Fish news

Fisherman and Fish farmers harvest more fish than what nature can withstand. By fishing too much the eco balance of the ocean is disturbed. In order to know where fishing is done too much or too little researchers have come up with the idea of using Google earth as a tool to know how much fishing has being done. A report    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0030546   says that  “Examining the coastline of 16 Mediterranean countries for signs of the cages in which fish farmers raise their herds, the researchers estimated the 2006 production at 225,736 tons, a shade more (but not a statistically relevant amount more) than the 199,542 tons reported to the FAO by fishermen.  More than 90% of the coastline was well documented in Google’s map database, and the UN publishes extensive statistics on the ocean cage fish industry. That made accounting for the sector relatively straightforward compared to attempts at estimating fishing production for commercial, high-seas fisheries in intentional waters or subsistence fisheries.” http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-501369_162-20117650.htm

The use of Google earth is particularly very useful because the days of expensive use of satellite images are not required any more. Hope our state and central  government agencies  are smart enough to use Google earth images for various programs they conduct for agriculture, fishing and mapping towns and cities and other social needs.

Water Initiative:

Fresh water is a scarce resource and is estimated to be a $1 trillion business by 2020. check more here http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml Most of the clean Water that comes thru municipal pipes get’s wasted in flushing toilets or cleaning clothes or for many other household chores. Very little amount of clean water goes for drinking. This is a huge waste of money maintaining clean water all thru the pipelines which sometimes break and contaminate the clean water and thus causing more damage to health of the people who drink it. It requires large amounts of money to run a company to clean water and send it thru pipelines. This is again waste of money when very little amount of water is used for drinking.

A investment strategist Kevin McGovern found this problem as an opportunity to bring  together materials science researchers and water experts from around the world to create  water filters that remove the biggest health threats (such as pathogens, arsenic, fluoride, and other chemicals). They came up with a  water cooler that  can be hooked up to a  kitchen tap or other supply pipe to provide quality water when and where it’s needed. With this he was able to eliminate the expensive process of cleaning the water and sending it thru pipelines and only 2% is drinkable at the end. The group has successfully installed water coolers all over Mexico and even the government of Mexico  offices are all having one in their offices. In India and other Asian countries this is a big opportunity if some one can come up with the similar kind of idea or join forces with him to bring that technology to India. http://thewaterinitiative.com/

Man made Photosynthesis:  In Another news by Nature Royal Institute of technology scientists have come very close to mimic plant’s photosynthesis process by creating a catalyst that can break water molecules (H2o) to Hydrogen and Oxygen . Read more here http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v4/n5/full/nchem.1301.html

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