Growing up, during meals, whenever i do not finish my food, my parents always chastise me and tell me that somewhere in the world a child lies dying from hunger and here I am wasting food. Sometimes i also rant about this with my bestfriend back in college” forcing her to always finish her food to the last grain because she’s opportuned to have food.
But this is not a mere threat, or a guilt trip anymore, it is a reality.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the estimated volume of edible food wastage is at 1.3 billion tons, with annual direct economic loss amounting to 750 million US dollars. And With so much hunger being experienced in other countries, wasting food as much as this is a sacrilege, plain barbaric I tell you.
Case in point – HAITI.
In a country where majority of the people survive on a less than $2 daily budget, fruits and other staple food are nothing but a dream. Having insufficient money to buy these nutritious food items, they are forced to rely on mud cookies for survival, yes Mud!!
Haitian women buy the dirt from local markets.
Process them into cookies by mixing salt, vegetable oil, and dirt.
These are then formed into cookies and laid out in the sun to dry.
Haitian doctors have warned that depending on the cookies for sustenance’ risks malnutrition.
Apart from aesthetic reasons, eating these mud cookies can have adverse effects on health, experts say.
Aside from the risk of acquiring soil-transmitted helminths or bacteria, people relying on mud cookies for survival also run the risk of malnutrition.
Can you imagine being so poor and so hungry…
…that you have no choice but to eat mud?
Can you imagine?
Think about this the next time you start complaining about the food your parents prepared for you
This is not a joke or some kind of publicity stunt, this is real, this is happening! People are literally eating sand because they can’t afford proper meals, kids are dying because they can’t afford adequate healthcare, think about that before you throw away food. Surely these guys don’t enjoy eating mud, but they can’t afford anything more, the country is in economic turmoil. You can read extensively on this via nbc news and the national geographic news
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