Modi Government Proposes To Fix Quantity Of Food Served At Hotels
India is a country of more than a Billion people. Our citizens are a pillar of support and strength to the Nation. Just look at our achievements. Our space agency ISRO, launched a rocket with 104 Nano Satellites in a single mission….A World Record. Then you have the Mars Orbit Mission, Mangalyaan….where India launched a space probe orbiting Mars at a cost of just INR 450 Crores. Truly commendable achievements.
But there’s a sad reality. Yes, in a country where many go hungry, tonnes of food is being wasted. More than 67 million tonnes of food items are wasted every year. Enough food to feed the whole of Bihar for a year. The value of food lost is a whopping INR 92,000 crores. This is a crime against humanity.
The Government wants to do something to curb all this colossal wastage of food. Even the PM Narendra Modi, has commented against food wastage in his programme, Mann Ki Baat on 9th April 2017. This is an Indian radio programme hosted by the Prime Minister. The Government’s proposal to stop food wastage….Restaurants would have to specify portion size of servings. The government plans to direct hotels and restaurants to fix the portion of food served to you. Do you think this is a great move? Will it stop food wastage? Let’s find out.
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How will fixing portions served at hotels control food wastage?
The Government has been inspired by the best diets in the World and has come up with a unique plan to curb food wastage. Hotels and restaurants would have to specify how many chapatis or idlis or chicken pieces they serve in a plate. India will be first country in the World to define portion sizes served in restaurants. Restaurants would have to specify in the menu card, how much they would have to serve in a portion.
If a person can eat only 2 idlis, why should he be served 4 idlis? If he can eat only 4 prawns why should he be served 6 prawns? This is a wastage of food….This is a wastage of money….Why should you pay for something you don’t eat.
Government Proposes To Fix Quantity Of Food Served At Hotels — Is this Good?
1. Fixing portions served at hotels reduces over eating
Studies have shown that when you are served large portions of food, you tend to eat more. You consume more food and drink. Over eating increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. A hotel normally does not specify how much food it serves. Have you seen a restaurant specify how many chapattis or idlis or chicken pieces they serve in a plate? With the Government proposing to fix portions served at hotels, this could soon be a reality.
Do you think fixing portions at hotels and restaurants can stop over eating and food wastage?
2. Promotes the culture of not wasting food
Fixing portions served at hotels shows that the Government is serious in curbing the wastage of food. A lot of food is wasted at parties, social gatherings and hotels. Just take a look at the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and how it encourages you to keep India clean.
Perhaps, just like Swachh Bharat, this move could be the answer to curb the wastage of food in the country?
But there are some problems….
1. Most of the food is wasted after harvesting
A lot of fruits, vegetables and fish are wasted in India. Most of the food is wasted after harvesting and not so much the cooked food in hotels. Fruits and vegetable get spoilt because of the lack of cold storage facilities.
Perhaps along with fixing portions served at hotels, the Government must look into food infrastructure and cold storage facilities in the country.
2. Some hotels sell large portions as part of their business
Food in hotels and restaurants are prepared by chefs. The ingredients or the quantity of ingredients used can vary across restaurants. Each restaurant can have its own unique recipe. Standardization can be very difficult because there is no automation.
There are some hotels which specialize in serving large portions. Some hotels serve burgers, really big in size or shakes loaded with calorie rich ingredients to attract their young customers. Many International brands which follow their parent, may not be able to change/modify recipes, which are standardized and designed over a long time. Many restaurants could even lose their novelty.
The Government might have to change rules and regulations governing restaurant kitchens, quality of food served and hygiene levels of kitchens.
Yes…this is a brilliant move, which can curb wastage of food in the country. It is true that hotels and restaurants waste a lot of food. Perhaps another rule, where perishable food items in hotels must be made available to the poor, if reaching their expiry date. In a country with so many citizens, wasting food is a crime. Be Wise, Get Rich.