According to the Food Waste Index Report 2021 released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 93.1 million tonnes of food wasted in the world in the year 2019.

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WORLD NEWS – According to a report by National Geographic, as much food wasted in one year, 19.62 crore people in the world could be fed for one year. Only 1.45 lakh people could be fed food throughout the year due to wasted food in India. Every person eats an average of 1.3 kg of food in a day.

The largest share of wasted food (61%) is wasted food in homes

Also 26% food is wasted in restaurants and 13% in places like malls. According to the report, up to 17% of the world’s food is wasted. This report of UNEP says that every person in the world wastes about 121 kg of food in a year. This wasted food is produced by climate change, pollution and damage to nature. The strange thing is that in a country like India, every person wastes about 50 kg of food in a year, whereas large population of India does not have food grains. Both these problems are related to you because both of them point towards mismanagement in food distribution.

Large population of India depends on PDS to feed

For food grains management, the government is running schemes like National Food Security Mission, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Integrated Schemes on Oilseeds-Pulses-Palm Oil and Mage, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, e-Market Place, but these are not proving to be enough.

Due to mismanagement, despite the efforts of the government to improve the situation of malnutrition and starvation for many decades, a large number of Indians are dependent on the PDS to feed themselves. “The National Food Security Act (NFSA) data clearly states that 75% of the poor of the rural population and 50% of the poor in the city still keep their stomachs from food grains from PDS,” says HS Sidhu, a retired professor of economics at Punjab Agricultural University. Let’s fill it. And in PDS, the government distributes the same food grains, which the Food Corporation of India (FCI) buys from farmers on the MSP.

MSP to be necessary for food security

The farmer movement has been going on in the country for more than 100 days. In this, the fear of discontinuation of procurement on MSP is being expressed repeatedly by the farmers. Which can have a bad effect on PDS. Economist Dr. Sardar Singh Johal says, ‘People in the country take subsidized food grains from about 90 crore PDS. If they start paying money instead of grain, then they will not be able to get as much grain from outside market as they currently get from the government. So PDS should not be risked at all.

Experts believe that any kind of minimum support price, or MSP, will affect the people who are hungry in the country, because 67% of the population of the country is still giving food subsidized food grains by the government. That is, PDS is dependent on it. If there was a disagreement between the farmer and the government about the MSP, then food grains would start falling in the government warehouse. The food grains being distributed through the shop of five lakh kotedars or dealers are feeding 67% of the people, this will put a crisis in front of them.

The hunger situation in India is worse than Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Efforts such as PDS have also not proved sufficient. Despite these efforts, India ranked 94th in the list of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index released in October 2020. That is, India’s situation was worse than neighboring countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Indonesia. According to the report, 14% of India’s population is malnourished. The most malnourished (around 24%) people worldwide live in India.

However, instead of improving the situation of malnutrition in the last five years, many states have either deteriorated or their pace has been very slow. The states that are moving in opposite direction in terms of hunger are also rich states like Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra and Telangana. This has been revealed in the data of National Family Health Survey i.e. NFHS-5. The reason for this can be found in the budget issued by the government.

Negative effects on health due to starvation

• Being hungry causes lack of electrolytes in the body. Also, lack of nutrients and vitamins can cause blood pressure problems.

• Long-term starvation reduces bone density. Due to reduced bone density, there is a risk of bone loss, which leads to the possibility of bone breakdown.

• Long-term starvation also affects mental health. Insomnia, fatigue, irritability, apathy etc. may be the problems.

Malnutrition causes loss to GDP

Malnutrition has the greatest impact on productivity. According to a report published in Down to Earth magazine in 2016, India’s GDP has a loss of up to 3 lakh crores due to malnourished workforce, which is equivalent to 2.5% of GDP. China has limited this loss of GDP to only 0.4% in the last few years due to malnutrition.

Corona likely to increase malnutrition and starvation

The corona epidemic is making this situation worse. Oxfam has estimated that 100 million Indians will face food problems due to the Corona epidemic. The most affected women will be in it. Mid-day meal and Anganwadi closed for several months have also affected the children. Income is directly related to the demand for food and drink.

WORLD NEWS SUPERFASTWORLD NEWS – According to a report by National Geographic, as much food wasted in one year, 19.62 crore people in the world could be fed for one year. Only 1.45 lakh people could be fed food throughout the year due to wasted food in India. Every person eats an average of 1.3 kg of food in a day.The largest share of wasted food (61%) is wasted food in homesAlso 26% food is wasted in restaurants and 13% in places like malls. According to the report, up to 17% of the world’s food is wasted. This report of UNEP says that every person in the world wastes about 121 kg of food in a year. This wasted food is produced by climate change, pollution and damage to nature. The strange thing is that in a country like India, every person wastes about 50 kg of food in a year, whereas large population of India does not have food grains. Both these problems are related to you because both of them point towards mismanagement in food distribution.Large population of India depends on PDS to feedFor food grains management, the government is running schemes like National Food Security Mission, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Integrated Schemes on Oilseeds-Pulses-Palm Oil and Mage, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, e-Market Place, but these are not proving to be enough.Due to mismanagement, despite the efforts of the government to improve the situation of malnutrition and starvation for many decades, a large number of Indians are dependent on the PDS to feed themselves. “The National Food Security Act (NFSA) data clearly states that 75% of the poor of the rural population and 50% of the poor in the city still keep their stomachs from food grains from PDS,” says HS Sidhu, a retired professor of economics at Punjab Agricultural University. Let’s fill it. And in PDS, the government distributes the same food grains, which the Food Corporation of India (FCI) buys from farmers on the MSP.MSP to be necessary for food securityThe farmer movement has been going on in the country for more than 100 days. In this, the fear of discontinuation of procurement on MSP is being expressed repeatedly by the farmers. Which can have a bad effect on PDS. Economist Dr. Sardar Singh Johal says, ‘People in the country take subsidized food grains from about 90 crore PDS. If they start paying money instead of grain, then they will not be able to get as much grain from outside market as they currently get from the government. So PDS should not be risked at all.Experts believe that any kind of minimum support price, or MSP, will affect the people who are hungry in the country, because 67% of the population of the country is still giving food subsidized food grains by the government. That is, PDS is dependent on it. If there was a disagreement between the farmer and the government about the MSP, then food grains would start falling in the government warehouse. The food grains being distributed through the shop of five lakh kotedars or dealers are feeding 67% of the people, this will put a crisis in front of them.The hunger situation in India is worse than Nepal, Pakistan and BangladeshEfforts such as PDS have also not proved sufficient. Despite these efforts, India ranked 94th in the list of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index released in October 2020. That is, India’s situation was worse than neighboring countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Indonesia. According to the report, 14% of India’s population is malnourished. The most malnourished (around 24%) people worldwide live in India.However, instead of improving the situation of malnutrition in the last five years, many states have either deteriorated or their pace has been very slow. The states that are moving in opposite direction in terms of hunger are also rich states like Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra and Telangana. This has been revealed in the data of National Family Health Survey i.e. NFHS-5. The reason for this can be found in the budget issued by the government.Negative effects on health due to starvation• Being hungry causes lack of electrolytes in the body. Also, lack of nutrients and vitamins can cause blood pressure problems.• Long-term starvation reduces bone density. Due to reduced bone density, there is a risk of bone loss, which leads to the possibility of bone breakdown.• Long-term starvation also affects mental health. Insomnia, fatigue, irritability, apathy etc. may be the problems.Malnutrition causes loss to GDPMalnutrition has the greatest impact on productivity. According to a report published in Down to Earth magazine in 2016, India’s GDP has a loss of up to 3 lakh crores due to malnourished workforce, which is equivalent to 2.5% of GDP. China has limited this loss of GDP to only 0.4% in the last few years due to malnutrition.Corona likely to increase malnutrition and starvationThe corona epidemic is making this situation worse. Oxfam has estimated that 100 million Indians will face food problems due to the Corona epidemic. The most affected women will be in it. Mid-day meal and Anganwadi closed for several months have also affected the children. Income is directly related to the demand for food and drink.
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