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End Food Waste, Feed the Hungry!

End Food Waste, Feed the Hungry!

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This petition has been created by Haider Q. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Haider Q.
started this petition to
Minister of National Food Security and Research, Pakistan
Sign This petition and demand that Food Donation Act be mandated, and prevent nutritious food from being thrown in trash.

In Pakistan, 60% of the population is facing food insecurity and malnutrition. According to UN World Food Programme 44% of Pakistani children younger than five years of age are stunted and 15% suffer from acute malnutrition despite the fact that Pakistan is self-sufficient in major staples. AN estimated 36 million tonnes of food is wasted in Pakistan every year. This is equivalent to every citizen of Karachi, Lahore and Hyderabad tossing out entire lunches and dinners every day.

Food waste is common at wedding ceremonies. Most reception dinners take place at midnight, and by that time intensely hungry people rush towards the food tables, filling their plates excessively. Nearly half of the food in their plates is uneaten and goes to waste. Reportedly, in a major hotel in Islamabad, 870kg of food is wasted each day.

It's time we put those calories where they belong. Simply growing more food globally will not lead to countries becoming more food-secure.

By now most people have become cognizant of the unacceptable levels of food waste that occur on global level. There have been number of responses to food waste like turning it into energy, spreading awareness of food recycling and reducing food waste by utilizing spoiled or bad food that would have otherwise ended up in the dump. While it is the responsibility of people to change their habit, the government should also ensure a system whereby extra food is directly transported to shelter homes and work towards feeding its population and curbing hunger. Imposing a law, at least at market level would control food waste.

In France, where supermarkets have been banned from destroying unsold food, the per capita amount of food waste per person has dropped sharply after just a few years.

So, instead of filling the dumpsters with food, restaurants and markets must donate the food to charities and/or foodbanks. If this bill is passed, fresh and nutritious food will be available to millions who need it most.

Sign today, do your part to end food waste, and put a stop to needless hunger!
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