Happy Environment Day To All Including OUR ENVIRONMENT. TO make it Happy, We should try to make our Earth Happy, our Air Happy, our Water Resources Happy, only then every day of our environment can be happier.
We all our trying to acheive this objective every day, every year, but still as reported by IPCC Cheif Dr, RK Pachauri, that Himalayan Glaciers are melting.(TOI, 2June, 2011). Now u must be wondering what is the link between food technology and glacier melting with, as we all live on plains,not on Himalayas, isnt it?...
Now let me tell u the link of both. The biggest natural water resource of India, the biggest fertile plain of India, the wholiest river of India,the only river In the whole world where people come from far away distances to take a dip in this river is none other than river Ganga, which comes as the purest form from Himalayas, (India's Biggset snow cover). We all are aware of the polluted state of this river in the plains. Few causes for it are outlined below....
The snow melting is a result of global warming,which is due to excessive CO2 levels in atmosphere, which is due to excessive pollution of all natural resources, from Industries, this ultimately is due to unwanted waste generated everywhere on this plane, where we live. So, Waste produced at low level, is generating Heat at mid air level, finally melting the Snow at top level.. So definitely the link is below, the cause is below that is human error in understanding and creatively utilizing the resources properly.
A few points relating and limiting this waste to the level of Food Industries, and food technology are as follows
1, Many dairy Industries at low scale, and govt, ones are wasting butter milk generated from butter making.
2.Most of the fruit and vegetable industries, generate ample amount of peels, and other non utilizable parts of fruits and vegetables after processing.
3.Improper milling effeciency of wheat mills at small scale levels, waste a lot of flour generated from milling.
4.A great amount of wheat lying waste in open in shortage of proper storage facilities.
5. Waste generated from fishes ang egg processing industries. etc, etc etc...........I
All of us know that a few reasearches ahve been done in this area, but they are limited to their labs only, scaling up is a big problem, infact money is big problem, acceptance of new products made from waste by the people is a big problem......... They can be solved in a period of time .
BUT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE PACKAGING MATERIAL WHICH IS A BOON IN TERMS OF TECNOLOGY IS A BANE TO EVERYONE.
We have generated so many packaging material according to our requirments,but we left the problem of hazards of packaging material on the streets unseen. We are indeed ignoramous to it. Producing a food, retail convinience and consumer attractoin are focus of a techie. But is the techology which has created BOPP, Tetra Packs, LDPE, HDPE, etc, is also not creating a lot of wastage of unreactive Aluminium etc in the packaging, lying here and there in every nook and corner of our environment????
I think we all are aware of it, but stand helpless to solve this problem. Do u agree with this serious issue affecting our Holy and clean environment an dultimately affecting every human beings health.
Being a food technologist, i want all of us to answer to this and many serious issues hampering our cosmos, due to food technology related issues, and feasible ways to solve them also in near future.
Firstly, being me, I think research could be done in reutilization of packaging materail, after proper treatments to be safer,as they are nowadays inner linings of thin Aluminium foil as one of their layers, which we all know is nonreactive to food.
All your views are welcome....