Steps to curb food wastage discussed

Published: 06th June 2013 11:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2013 11:06 AM   |  A+A-

It seems that the traditional ‘Karaikudi serving’ has found more acceptance as an effective means to reduce food wastage. At an event here on Wednesday to mark the World Environment Day, the theme for which this year is “Think. Eat. Save”, Puducherry Environment Minister T Thiagarajan suggested the “Karaikudi serving” to avoid the wastage at feasts in various events like marriages.

Addressing a gathering, he said the traditional method of serving involved spreading out multiple items of food on a plantain leaf. The subsequent helpings would be strictly based on what the invitee likes. This would avoid wastage as different people would choose different items according to their palate, he said.

The minister also commended the distribution of saplings instead of coconut in a recent function and said that such practices would ensure more green cover and protect environment.

Dr S Sundaravadivelu, Special Secretary to Government, said one day’s wastage in European countries could feed 20 crore starving people across the globe. It is estimated that a third of global food production is either wasted of lost.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp