One Grain of Rice, One Million Drops of Sweat

Image Source: www.cgs.sg

Image Source: http://www.cgs.sg

It was shocking. 786 million kilograms of food waste were generated in year 2015 in Singapore, according to the advertisement board I was staring at. That is equivalent to two bowls of food wasted by every person in this island every day for that year.

The numbers were just too mind boggling. And I can’t be exaggerating to say that it was as if all the food I did not responsibly use were thrown back at my face there in front of the ads board.

What could have been the excuses to such wasteful act? If I can brainstorm out some possible answers:

  • there’s too much food to finish
  • the food’s taste doesn’t suit my liking
  • the food has passed its shelf life
  • the food has turned bad

Those are possible excuses. What are the actual reasons? Gluttony, ungratefulness, ignorance, and laziness.

Uh oh, awful truth.

Could we do something to consciously place our food into responsible consumption instead of into the bin? Definitely!

Practice temperance, order or cook just enough, be truly thankful for the food we have and be thoughtful of the many who are not as priveleged*, be diligent to plan ahead for the use of food ingredients and be mindful of the date of expiry. Also, take the trouble to bring our own food container for any left over when dining out. These are just some ideas I can think of, what else do you think we can all do to reduce the food waste?

Let’s see to it that we leave not a single grain to waste. Because “sebutir nasi, sejuta keringat.”**


*According to the United Nations, about 21,000 people die of hunger and hunger-related issues each day, most of them being children.

**An Indonesian proverb translated as “one grain of rice, a million drops of sweat.” Indonesia is currently the world’s third largest producer of rice.

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