Zero Waste & Sustainable Living

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Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.” – Pope John-Paul II

Currently, the greatest challenge our planet is experiencing is insufficient raw materials proportionate to the volume of the stomach to feed. While many nations splurge in opulence, most of their confederates suffer in scarcity and continued deficiency. Does that mean the responsible nations are oblivious of the prevailing situation and human requirement? Well not really…We are producing in greater volumes, mindless of the fact that every other day there is a talk of environmental protection, destruction of the environment etc. How consciously aware are we of the present situation we are in or have we derived a concrete solution to the damage that has already been caused? Everyone is talking about a lot of nice things; however, one sustainable solution which everyone seems to be ignoring is WASTAGE!

As Galileo once remarked “You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him to discover it within himself.”

Today human beings are in such a situation where they are prepared to go to any lengths to demonstrate their supreme competency in anything and everything they do and to outdo each other without even trying to consciously contemplate on the ground reality. Where are we headed to? Why don’t we realize that there is a tomorrow which is waiting to arrive as soon as today gives way! Sustainability is discussed in venues as a fashionable topic, however not once wondering upon the origin of the term. How did we manage to create this situation? It is high time we delved into the term Zero waste!

There are many ways by which zero waste could be planned in our day to day lives. Why can’t we plan our preparations in such a way that wastage could be eliminated totally by ordering only the amount that we can take and preparing the quantity which will be utilized not wasted?

It is past time human beings understood and disciplined themselves to secure and control waste. It needs to be realized that we are surviving on borrowed time. The ticking time bomb may burst any moment, yet we are taking things quite lightly.

It is most certainly possible to include Zero-waste as a subject in educational curriculums right from childhood (not as ethical, but as a mandatory requirement). Children need to be taught how to develop zero tolerance towards food wastage in their daily routines and at homes. Parents and teachers have a huge responsibility as they should be the messengers to this holy act. It is the responsibility of each human being who understand and continuously plan their future journey of life on this planet which we call earth.

“The time is always right to do what is right” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vinod Radhakrishnan

A food production professional for the last 20 years, graduating in hotel management from India, he subsequently obtained a Masters in Hospitality Management from Wales Bridge University, USA. Has been associated with some of the finest international hotel chains such as Hyatt, Intercontinental (Six Continents Club) etc. and various fine dining outlets in the GCC and the Middle East. Has also been part of pre-opening properties (hotel & restaurants) in these regions namely Oman, Qatar & Bahrain. A culinary trainer for the last 10 yrs. working in culinary schools in India and the UAE, he has been with ICCA since 2006 and has been instrumental in developing its training curriculum. A certified food safety ​ ​trainer​, certified instructor from American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) as well.

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