Forum on Food Security and Sustainability by ERA Consumers, Malaysia and FOMCA

10th September 2017, Kuala Lumpur - Ecoknights was invited to attend a food security and sustainability forum organised by Education and Research Association (ERA) for Consumers, Malaysia and Federation of Malaysians Consumers Associations (FOMCA).

The forum began with a speech by En. Mohd Firdaus Ab Aziz from Federal Agriculture and Marketing Authority (FAMA) on food security and identification of organic food; the importance of organic food in life expectancy was highlighted.

As stated by En. Mohd Firdaus, the process of food safety should be monitored based on its process from the farm all the way to the dining table.

Every consumer should be more attentive to the packaging and labelling of the food there purchase, where food can be labelled based on Malaysian standards ranging from Premium, grade 1 and grade 2.

Organic food is the new food trend in nation however the price of organic products were high compare to local products.

This is due the low demand in market and the difficulties in organic farming. Encik Firdaus stated that organic food can be reduced in cost if there is a surplus of demand from consumers.

The second speaker of the day Dr. Ainu Husna from My Save Food NGO and also an expert in molecular biology enlighten the crowd with the topic in food wastage.

Food waste had become a global issue; however people are lack of awareness on it.

Dr Ainu also highlighted a painful truth that the meal that reaches our dinner table has weeks or months or years of production behind it, but it only takes a split second for consumers to throw it away without thinking twice.  

An interaction session was held before the session ended where among the various questions directed to the speakers were regarding organic food and food waste.

Both speakers gave out recommendation and their reviews based on experience regarding how food wastage and food loss in Malaysia can be avoided, where Dr. Ainu mentioned that a change in behaviour and sustainable consumption can go a long way in ensuring food security for the generations to come.

As conclusion, community development in food education is necessary to increase the consumption of organic food for a healthy lifestyle and rising awareness on food waste issue.  

En. Mohd Firdaus enlightening the audience on organic food and its grading in the market.En. Mohd Firdaus enlightening the audience on organic food and its grading in the market.

 

Dr Ainu explaining to the crowd on positive ways in which food waste can be made into such as, compost.Dr Ainu explaining to the crowd on positive ways in which food waste can be made into such as, compost.

 

A brief interactive session was carried out with the crowd presentA brief interactive session was carried out with the crowd present

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