Riyadh "Riyadh Daily"
Undermining Food Waste

The National Program to Reduce Food Loss and Waste in the Kingdom, one of the initiatives of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, in the National Transformation 2020 Program, aims at reducing the lost and wasted quantities of food by adopting the latest international standards and experiences and effectively exploiting our natural resources.

A few days ago, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture announced the detailed results on the ground concerning the loss and waste of food in the Kingdom, which amounted to 33.1%, through a field survey that collected more than 50 thousand samples from 35 cities over a whole year.

The declared percentage of wasted food indicates the seriousness of the phenomenon of waste seen by everyone at the level of homes in the daily meals, or at the level of restaurants and banquets at social events, weddings and family gatherings, where foods and drinks are served over the need of guests, and end up to landfills. Some studies estimated the value of wasted and lost food in the Kingdom at about SR 50 billion a year.

The preservation of grace is a religious and national duty. Our Islamic religion forbids excess and emphasizes good governance and avoiding boasting of wealth and luxury which lead to wasting and losing food. 

The Kingdom seeks to address the problem and recognizes its negative environmental, economic and social repercussions. Thus, it has organized many conferences and symposia, which are added to the National Program to reduce waste and loss of food, all of which seek to address the problem of food waste and raise awareness in the community to achieve the goal of keeping food from waste, achieve the health system in the segments of society, and not to waste food. 

The percentage of the population who suffer from over weight in the Kingdom compared to the world has reached 59.4%, according to some studies, while globally reached 27.1%. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population who suffer from diabetics compared to the world 23.9%, while globally estimated at 9%.

It is important to remind of the importance of urging family members to follow the correct shopping rules, instilling the concepts of good production and consumption behavior, spreading the culture of healthy food to avoid excess weight and paying attention to food preservation organizations. Everyone is partner in avoiding waste, and all this will lead to the success of the initiative of the National Program to Reduce Food Loss and Waste.

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