THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Unhealthy food habits and over-dependence on ‘take-away’ cuisine have added to the city’s garbage problem, according to Mayor K Chandrika. ‘’Who cooks at home these days? It’s easier to buy ten parathas and chicken fry. But there is always that small packet of gravy with the chicken fry. No one even opens that. That’s for the Mayor,’’ Chandrika quipped while delivering the presidential address at the World Food Day programmes organised by the Food and Civil Supplies Department here on Thursday.
‘’Once upon a time we used to relish the ‘pothichoru’ packed in seasoned banana leaves. The very thought of it evokes nostalgia. Today also we have it; but the present-day version is packed in a rectangular piece of plastic. No one eats more than four curries. The rest, again, is for the Mayor,’’ the Mayor lamented.
She urged the citizens to try source-level disposal of garbage by using it as fertiliser for home-grown vegetables.
‘’You also get safe food for your table. The theme of the 2014 World Food Day - Family Farming - is relevant as it promotes a good lifestyle, eating habits and farming at home,’’ she said.
The Corporation has launched several schemes which encourages the setting up of kitchen gardens and rooftop agriculture, the Mayor added.