Abu Dhabi Imams Dish Out Sermons on Food Waste

Ramadan food waste imam sermonImams at mosques across Abu Dhabi recently coordinated on a consistent message to urge people not to waste food. Worshipers at every mosque in the United Arab Emirates capital were given a pre-Ramadan message, prepared in cooperation with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), advising them to think twice before cooking up too much food and to ponder the food-miles embedded in every ingredient.

EAD is a government body that aims to create a greener planet. The sermons were delivered after the Muslim festival of Lailat Al Miraj as part of World Environment Day, and included a subtext on how healthier eating helps people stay fit.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted around the world, an amount equal to total food production in sub-Saharan Africa.

Worshipers were told that reductions in food waste translate directly into deep cuts in manufacture and use of fertilizer and pesticides, and avoidance of transportation fuel burn and resultant emissions.

The theme of World Environment Day 2013 is “Think.Eat.Save.”, particularly relevant in Abu Dhabi where, according to the EAD, 39% of municipal waste consists of food. “This is contributing to landfills, carbon emissions and ultimately contributing to climate change,” said Fozeya Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, EAD Director of Environmental Outreach.

Green Prophet will be trolling for a post-Ramadan assessment of how well the message was absorbed.

Image of food waste from Shutterstock

About Laurie Balbo

At university, she was annoyed that her architecture degree was called a Bachelor of Environmental Design. As a working architect, she was annoyed that projects weren’t designed with more environmental consideration. She’s a usually-annoyed architect and sustainability specialist who hopes that venting her frustrations will make a positive environmental difference. Her husband just hopes it makes her less annoyed. Born in the United States, Laurie has managed design and managed construction of ports and airports in New York, Dublin and now Amman. She blogs on knitting and other arcane topics at www.fibermeister.com Laurie can be reached at [email protected]

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  3. Tammy

    in the picture you can see eggshells fish bones this can be used as a natural plant fertilizer along with coffee grounds tea grounds banana peels ect. mix in your soil for you garden and other plants like flowers . As far as your meal foods make only what you need for a meal if you have left over rice potatoes or veggtistable other than tomatoes you can freeze. if you have an orphanage near you send prepackaged foods there for the children, if you live near a hospital and you have left over treats and sweets package them up and take to the hospital for the people in a sick bed there is so much you can do to help people and yourself.


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