Annam Brahma (Food is God) –Avoid wasting it
My friend Dr Rajagopal Velamoor who is a retired Director of an agricultural research Institute has dedicated his life for avoiding wastage of food and has started a society called “Society for Hunger elimination (SHE) with head quarters in Thirupathi. As a scientist he has gathered information that at least 30 crores of Indians Go to bed without food. Further research by him , has revealed that , we as a country are wasting and throwing out lot of food , which if saved can provide food for the thirty crores of people .So he along with his friends is running a campaign to stop wastage of food at all levels . One of his activity is to supply placards to be exhibited in halls where huge feasts are arranged as well as in Hotels , with a request to avoid wasting food.I wish him and his volunteers a great success in his chosen aim
Our country realized this long ago and taught all of us that “Annam Brama” i.e “Food is God.”.When our own Indian friends go to USA ,
1.Whenever they go to hotels , they serve themselves what they can eat and request the Hotel to pack, the remnants of the food we have ordered , so that we bring it home, store it and take it later
2,In every party or feast arranged , the host keeps ready several containers so that , all the food that becomes excess can be packed and given to the guests (as per their choice) so that they gladly take it away
Should we Indians who considered Food as God , not do something about it .In a short poem, I am trying to identify various stages where we can save food .Many more may exist .
To the farmer about to harvest his crop , I would say ,
Waste not while harvesting for food is God,
To the man who transports these crops to market, I would say,
Waste not while loading and transporting for food is God .
To the government officer of food authority of India, I would say ,
Waste not great amounts while storing for food is God.
To the whole sale market yards maintained badly , I would say,
Waste not by improper handling for food is God.
To the retailor in whose hands the food rots , I would say,
Waste not by improper buying and storing for food is God.
To the housewife who buys the food from the retailer , I would say,
Waste not by buying more than you need for food is God.
To the house wife again who cooks the food for the house , I would say,
Waste not by cooking more and serving more for food is God.
To the people living in the house who eat food daily there, I would say,
Waste not by getting more food that you do not like or need , for food is God
To the people who go to restaurant for taking food there, I would say,
Waste not by over buying or leaving food in the plate , for food is God
To all those who celebrate various occasions , by a great feast , I would say ,
Waste not lot of food by ordering multiple dishes for guests who may not come, for food is God
To all those servers who serve large number of dishes in the feast , I would say ,
Waste not by serving large scoops of food unless asked by the guest , for food is God
To all those persons who are eating in a great feast , I would say ,
Waste not by not telling the server, the quantity you need , for food is God.
Again to all the persons who are busy gobbling food in the feast, I would say ,
Waste not food by not eating all that is served and leaving it there , For food is God
To the person who arranges the great feat for his friends, I would say,
Waste not by not arranging package containers to pack and give to the needy guests , for food is God.
To the caterer Who arranges the feast , I would say,
Expect wastage , arrange to pack food for guests and to the needy who are everywhere , for food is God