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Hunger by choice?
Tonnes of food items are wasted in India and economy bears a huge loss due to this practice. It is very surprising to know that behind the worldwide known impoverished image of India lays an India that has by choice taken hunger to be an inseparable part of it.

True it is, else what can be figured out from the fact that India, which is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, throws away about Rs. 13,300 crore worth of produce annually. If the grain is added to it the total wastage boils to around 45,000 crore!

Poor harvesting and inefficient storage techniques account for 20 million tonnes of wheat wastage alone which is enough to feed ten million of Indians. Lack of cold storage and transportation techniques lead to the loss of around 18 to 40% of farm produce.

A study on global food wastage by Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK revealed that India could add Rs. 6.2 lakh crores to its economy if the losses are curbed by improving facilities. It is really sad to know that Indian government has millions to spend on aircrafts and sports but overlooks such a crucial matter at the country’s very heart itself.

Surprisingly the government alone cannot be held responsible for the cause. A lot of food is wasted at our homes too, because sometimes we tend to buy things more than it is needed. We, without realising the fact that the loud attractive advertisements are meant to attract us, end up buying those extra free products. So the next time you visit any grocery shop, be careful enough to assess the advertisement that reads 'buy two and get one free!'

 


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