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Wastage of food in weddings — We Conscious

Wastage of food in weddings

by Shisir Basumatari on December 12, 2009

in General

Winter is also known as the season of marriages in several sub-Indian cultures. Come winter, and the roads are flanked by coloured lights and processions of dancing people. Our houses are filled with invitation cards, party clothes, clashing dates and the best of food.

We all have attended Indian wedding parties but how many of us realize how much food goes into waste during such parties? There are no official or unofficial estimates, even though we unanimously agree that wastage can be unimaginably massive. Here are a few tips to minimize, if not stop wastage completely during Indian weddings.

  1. Since most weddings are turning into buffet system, it’s the responsibility of the guest to help the size of the servings according to their apetite.
  2. If you aren’t sure, which dish you are actually going to eat; take spoonfulls of each to taste and decide, instead of filling the plate with every dish.
  3. Many Indian weddings have gone completely vegeterian and there are others, which serve both vegeterian and non-vegeterian dishes. It is our responsibility to fill our plates according to our eating habits. Its sheer waste to fill one’s plates with dishes that we do not eat, only to realize later and discard the food in the bins.
Wasted food in the bin

Wasted food in the bin

No matter how much noise we make about the economic development in India, we can never deny the fact that India also hosts one of the biggest armies of starving people in the world. The food that we waste will inevitably land in the garbage bins. But if we play our roles a little carefully and take only as much as we intend to eat, the saved food will find its way into the empty stomach of those, who cannot afford to fill theirs.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Pragnya December 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Wastage of food in any way is bad. We need to realize that there are so many people out there who barely manage a single meal. I know people who say it’s a status symbol to leave food in the plate. One thing that really bothers me during these marriages is we entertain those people who are already having enough, why can we not treat those who are in need.

“Generosity is not in serving food; generosity is in serving food to those who are hungry”


RV Aditya April 25, 2010 at 7:27 AM

Fantastic,it’s a great method to apprise the masses about wastage of food .But it would work better if certain images or other illustrations are used.
Good job.


shisir February 1, 2011 at 3:26 AM

This was written by Amit. I just edited it :)


KIRAN September 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

wastage of food vary among other, food waste is disacarded.. so we the pepole, should stop wasting food not only in weddings.. But were ever we go to have our food.. Food is very precious need among our life…


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