Bengaluru: The students and faculty members at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) have taken a ‘zero waste on plate’ pledge this academic year as a way to reduce food waste. There has been an increase in the number of citizens who are embracing the zero-waste lifestyle.

IIMB director, G Raghuram said that the aim of the initiative is to encourage students to finish what is on their plate. The initiative is also expected to make students conscious of portion size and the amount of food they actually need as opposed to what they put on their plate.

The idea which had been circulated since last year, was discussed in this year’s induction program.

Prof Raghuram reportedly said that they want students to rationalise what they take on their plate. They will have to factor in the line of people waiting for their food then. He also went ahead to say that the students will have to be aware of the portion size when food is served on their plates during an event.

He said that they had roped in the Akshaya Patra Foundation for talks and discussions regarding this theme.

They even have posters in the mess and canteen that remind students of the pledge, ‘Help us reduce food wastage. Please do not take more than you can consume.’

A third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year is being wasted, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates said. This amounts to approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of lost or wasted food. Food waste is now a multi-billion-dollar global problem.