By Chito Chavez
With binge eating expected to be a traditional practice during the holidays, Quezon City councilors called on the public to reduce food wastage by purchasing, preparing and putting on their plates only the food that they can eat.
Quezon City Councilors Victor Ferrer, Eufemio Lagumbay and Ranulfo Ludovica led the calls to not only reduce food wastage during Christmas and the New Year revelries but the whole year-round.
They stressed that reducing food loss at the dining table, usually caused by “false hunger’’ (takaw tingin), should be avoided not only to reduce food wastage but also to protect the ecosystem.
The councilors agreed that the public should be environmentally-responsible citizens and should be conscious of cutting down food wastes as billions of people around the world are suffering from extreme hunger, starvation and famine.
“Every grain of rice should be consumed on the plate since each piece adds up to millions of tons of wasted rice yearly,’’ Ferrer said.
Earlier, reports of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) disclosed that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally as one in every seven people in the world go hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of five die from hunger daily.
The report also noted that it takes about 1,000 liters of water to produce one liter of milk and about 16,000 liters go into a cow’s food to make a hamburger.
With this FAO noted the resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when food is wasted.
Ferrer said that they are contemplating plans of hiring nutritionists and food waste experts who will educate the households at the barangay level to cut down on food waste.
“This would help educate barangay officials in providing massive information on ways on how to cut down on food wastes,’’ Ferrer said.
Food experts said that it would be wise for the parents to check their refrigerators and look for the items that should be consumed first before going to the market stalls or supermarkets.
It will also be wise to mix and match food items in the menu plan to entice the children to eat healthy and finish their meals regularly.
To save on food costs, it will also be wise to create a shopping list based on what menu the family wants for the week.
However, the list should be brought to the market where the consumer should stick to it and resist buying food items on impulse.