This coming festive time or in general, please re-think your tactics for extravagant spending on food to the many mouths that you could be feeding instead!

As mentioned by Social Activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye in the article published on New Straits Times that food wastage has seemingly becoming a culture among Malaysians, especially during various festivals.

The Star Online has stated that around 15,000 tonnes of food are wasted per day by Malaysians and 8,000 tonnes or 60% of it is avoidable food waste and of that, 3,000 tonnes are still edible. A quarter of an average Malaysian’s income is spent on food and beverages.

If you are wondering what you too can do to prevent food wastage, remember to share the abundance with the underprivileged families and homes for children, elderlies and individuals with disabilities.

Then too, if you are a staunch believer that, “Home is Where Your Heart is” then Charity does begin at home from your heart; you can start by empathizing in the spirit of celebrating life and giving back.

4 benefits of reducing wasted food:

  1. You will spend less when buying less
  2. Lessens Methane, a greenhouse gas released by decomposed wastes from the landfills and lowers carbon footprint
  3. Preserves energy and resources by stopping pollution involving growing, manufacturing, transporting and retailing food (including transferring the food wasted and landfilling)
  4. Aids your community who might not have steady food supplies by providing untouched food that would have gone to waste otherwise

Apart from that, here are some tips for your own personal management from overbuying the next time you are shopping for food stuff,
So, be very thrifty to avoid food wastage and be charitable in contributing to others who are in need when you have in excess. Celebrate life with the joyous spirit knowing that by changing your choices, you have influenced others positively too.

Sourced from: TheStar, NST and EPAgov
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