The Lebanese excel…in wasting food!!!

Jessica Habashi wrote on the MTV website:

It is the country of waste par excellence. A country that has wasted billions of dollars from the treasury, aid, and depositors’ money, and citizens are wasting their days in a country where the word “compensation” has become like a distant dream. On the third bank of waste, the Lebanese waste more than a third of their food annually, and this waste is concentrated during holidays and special occasions.

Professor and researcher in food safety at the Lebanese American University, Dr. Hussein Hassan, in an interview with the MTV website, said, “The damages resulting from food waste are manifold. First, there is the environmental damage, and studies have proven that the phenomenon of food waste, if it were a country, would rank third in the list of countries causing carbon dioxide emissions after the United States and China.” Secondly, there is the threat to food security. The amount of food wasted in the world is approximately a quarter or a third of the food produced, and this amount can benefit 3 billion people. Therefore, if the issue of food waste is addressed, this inevitably means finding a solution to famine in the world. The third aspect is that the economic risks are great through wasting the cost of the products in addition to the effort of growing, manufacturing and preparing them.”

What about Lebanon? Hassan answers: “On the state side, there is a law passed to prevent food waste that provides financial incentives to major stores that deal with charitable organizations to dispose of products before they are destroyed, but unfortunately this law has not been implemented, and we must work to implement it because it is a priority. On the other hand, we must Conducting studies to find out details about the quantities of food waste, the types that are wasted, and the areas in which the waste is concentrated, in order to prevent its occurrence and know how to benefit from the quantities of food that will be wasted. As for the primary responsibility, it falls on individuals, because the various reports emphasize awareness in this field.” .
An expert in food safety provided a series of useful tips for citizens: “We must review the expiration date on various types of food, and begin consuming every product whose expiration date is about to expire, in addition to making a list of purchases before going to the store to ensure that we do not buy products that we do not need and will not consume.” Studies have shown that everyone who goes to the supermarket in a state of fasting or hunger will buy more products than he needs, and this is an essential point, in addition to the necessity of knowing the recipes of all dishes well in order not to buy products that we will not need to prepare a specific dish. One of the most important tips that must be followed is “thinking.” There are people around us who can benefit from our excess food, especially in the holy month of Ramadan or even on special occasions and holidays, and not to throw away vegetables and fruits just because they no longer look fresh,” says Hassan.

Eliminating waste begins in every home and at every dining table. The equation of thinking about hungry people on every occasion when there is an abundance of food may be the most effective advice, because famine is not only on the African continent, the poor and hungry are many around us. Let’s waste less and help more!

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