Big fat Indian weddings are all about looking your best, dancing your heart out, and of course, eating lots and lots of food. Some people aim to at least taste everything offered in the buffet, while others vow to focus only on the exotic dishes. From butter chicken and matar pulao to lip-smacking gol gappas and aloo tikki, there is no dearth of food options at Indian wedding ceremonies. While we try to make the most of such occasions, the amount of food that gets wasted at weddings often go unnoticed.
We all have come across guests blatantly dumping plates loaded with food in bins at wedding functions. Highlighting this rampant issue of food waste, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Awanish Sharan recently shared a post on Twitter.
In the picture, a table is seen with a number of used food plates, bowls, and bottles lying on it. The plates, which seem to have been discarded, are still having plenty of food left on them while the bowls are also filled with sweets. “Such people should be debarred from attending any function,” the caption read.
ऐसे लोगों को किसी भी समारोह में जाने से वंचित कर देना चाहिए. pic.twitter.com/hNxJMHyWDm— Awanish Sharan (@AwanishSharan) February 2, 2023
The post kicked off a discussion on food waste. Some Twitter users offered solutions to solve the problem.
“There is a serious need for "Indian Weddings Food Activists" or something on that line where activists can visit every wedding/function host and educate them on the importance of food and how to minimise food wastage at the same time maintaining the honour of being a great host,” a user wrote.
There is a serious need for "Indian Weddings Food Activists" or something on that line where activists can visit every wedding/function host and educate them on the importance of food and how to minimise food wastage at the same time maintaining the honour of being a great host.— Satish (@UBSatish) February 2, 2023
Another suggested reducing the size of plates so that people don't load too much food on them.
Reduce the size of plat so these persons will take less food resulting into less food wastage. 2 बार खाना ले लो परंतु खाना बर्बाद ना करे, कितने सारे लोगों को एक समय का खाना भी नसीब नही होता।— CA Kamlesh Purohit ???????? (@CAKamleshPuroh1) February 2, 2023
“I specifically assign one person in my family function just to watch, we are not serving food in much quantity. Sad to see people doing this,” a person said.
I specifically assign one person in my family function just to watch, we are not serving food in much quantity. Sad to see people doing this.— Pankaj Kumar (@pankajkmr3662) February 2, 2023
“Wastage of food is definitely a crime but unfortunately no law sad,” a comment read.
Wastage of #food is definitely a Crime but unfortunately no Law sad ????— Nisha rai (@nisharai_ggc) February 2, 2023
A user wrote, “This is literally every wedding”.
This is literally every wedding.— Manish Kumar???? (@im7manish) February 3, 2023
One person shared, “True. However, there are some NGO's who collect all this food for further distribution among poor needy people”.
true ,hwever,there r sm NGO's who collects all these food for further distribution among poor needy ppl.????— Santosh (@SG_2510) February 2, 2023
Food wastage in any form is unacceptable. Most people reacting to the post agreed that while organising a wedding food wastage is one aspect that is often neglected, but that needs to change.