Reliance Fresh, Draft & Publish a Zero Food Waste Policy across stores #FightFoodWaste

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Ever looked into the eyes of a hungry child when they seek food, unable to withstand hunger?

I have seen that look many a time and it breaks my heart each and every time. 

‘India wastes enough food to feed a state the size of Bihar for a whole year’. This means that just the amount of food that we waste can feed over 11 crores or 110 million people every day for 12 months!

Most of us reading this are fortunate enough to have hot nutritious meals. We also celebrate World Food Day and World Environment Day every year.

Food Waste is a serious issue and represents serious consequences for a country like India.

  • Over 194 million Indians suffer from hunger and close to 1.3 million children lose their lives to hunger in India every year as a result of food being scarce, unaffordable and inaccessible among other reasons.
  • India produces enough food (Approx 270 million tonnes) to meet the needs (Approx 230 million tonnes) of all the citizens. But 40% of the food grown is lost and wasted.

This is why I am urging Reliance Fresh, a national level fresh foods and groceries retailer with hundreds of stores across India, to draft and publish a Zero Food Waste Policy that it will implement across its stores.

SIGN my petition and voice your support to #FightFoodWaste.

Many times, foods that are perfectly safe to consume (even if past best before dates) and fresh fruit and veg that are not 'looking perfect and fresh' get tossed into the garbage bin or returned to the vendor for destruction. This can be avoided if the company creates a policy and implements steps to donate such food.

Foods that are unsafe to consume (those that are past their expiry dates) can always be sent for composting instead of sending them to landfills and further burdening Mother Nature.  

Growing fresh food requires plenty of precious environmental resources- water, energy, fertile soil etc. Let us not forget the hard labour our farmers put in!

Processing this food into food products and transporting it to our neighbourhood supermarkets also utilises resources and creates a lot of carbon footprint.

Neither Reliance Fresh's website nor any of their stores have any information visibly available on the quantity of food waste generated.  The sustainability commitment published on the website of Reliance Industries Limited also makes no mention of how food waste is being managed.  

As a customer, I only buy as much food as I need for my family and ensure that food waste is minimal at home. I would expect the brands & companies I invest in, to be equally responsible with respect to their commitment towards our community and our limited natural resources.

I am conscious of the reach of Reliance Fresh and also of the work Reliance foundation, the CSR division of Reliance Industries Ltd undertakes. I sincerely hope that they look into this issue at the earliest and commit to #FightFoodWaste across our nation.

Given its vast reach and presence, I urge Reliance Fresh to take the lead in fighting food wastage by drafting and publishing its Zero Waste Food Policy.

Sign my petition and voice your support to #FightFoodWaste.

A well thought out Food Waste Policy when implemented, can not only help save our environment but can also end hunger and malnourishment.

Picture Credits: Reuters, based on article.