Bulugh Al Maram – Book of Etiquette & Manners #12 – Hadith No. 1241
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as we've been talking about some of the etiquettes of interacting with people and part of our social life food spare fact some people their whole social Bibles food you know, anytime you want specially in Houston Texas, if people want to have fun they go to restaurant.
It is number one entertainment kind of option for people in Houston. And
but reality is food is a very important element in our social life unfortunately.
But, and people get to eat together in congregation in you know people have food.
So we talk about the etiquettes of treating people now when you eating
this hard It has to do with one of the etiquette and relation to
eating and it kind of the Hadith sounds a little bit strange to those who don't understand what this hadith means.
So the Honiton is not possible the lower end is one of the most authentic narration that you can ever have reported by Bukhari Muslim have agreed upon that that is authentic the ambassador of the Alliance said either
one of you eat food fell I don't want to have your hand hat in and tell you look at or you you will rip
the leg a
little bit look
and I will tell you what that means.
This is an ambassador of the alarm and wah wah
been reported the same concept with other APA
reported jabber or the alarm and narrated the same Hadith before dampest can down but he hadn't been had his company bambus jabber gambella used to read the headset before even if the boss knew of it or before it was heard from us.
why apa? Choose the duration of a bass okay.
Choose the duration of jabber around the alarm and
over the duration of an AB bass about incident rate the habit of jabber and favorite over the duration of nav bars. Why? Because of the following jabber they allow and set the Tinder be solid bar they serve themselves is a worker it looks to been a hobby company a
fellow human mechanic we have been as an well you could have if you have something in your hand and fall down, pick it up, clean it and eat it.
Clean it then he did what I had to kind of ship on Don't leave it from the shipper.
Okay, what I am saying here the who billman deal had dial up or sabia and don't wipe your hand until you like your fingers.
So the hands here are specifically finger for in the hula de Baraka, you didn't know what is the blessing of the flute, which which part of your food is the blessing? Maybe that little things that left in your hand? Okay. That's the blessing reported by a Muslim by Mr. bata can be dematic said I saw the profits are seldom Yep. Could you be Saraswati cassava, he used to eat with three fingers.
The person needs to eat with three fingers. And when he finished he needs to look at
how can you eat rice with three fingers?
with three fingers, right?
I'll tell you if the rice is sushi
just take that off on
Okay, but three fingers.
Cow The problem is to eat rice.
The answer is in the business. I've never had rice in his life. He never ate rice.
Because Rice was not something known to the Arabs. During the process. Allah Rice was only a food that known in Paraguay in Iran,
not in Arabia. The Arab good to know about rice after the rich era and these to feed it to their horses. They never ate rice actually be considered a food for that horse. And they said we found the horses getting like strong and that was used a food for horse
Not for men for human. But later on rice, because of the mix of the culture became part of our
basically stable, like, you know, it's the most important element in any
dish or you know any in the Middle East generally. Anyway, but Asami and each what dates meet 30 no 30 is the type of bread that will cook with the sauce.
You know, he picks something and he eat with it. That's what basically the hubby thought for either a fairy Lala fo ha ha ha ha. When he finished he will wipe he will lick his finger syllables. And so the head is in your lap.
He used to lick his hand. Nobody should understand the whole hand. It's the fingers the tip of your fingers. Okay. And some elements said no. The fingers and the hand evidence food in the hand as well. Like if your hand has some food you basically you like yellow alcohol. Okay, a lap or less of the sun.
Oh, Bill Smith, and that you put your finger in your tongue and you lick it or you go and you look at with your mouth. Okay, that will cut apart well
that's why we call an Arabic
even you can figure it out. That is a word
mill apa? Why we call spoon mill APA and Arabic language? Because you look at
when you when you when you eat. So it's comes from the verb licking an Arabic that's why the milk or the spoon we call it milaca because when you put it you actually look at with your tongue when you when you eat by
why the process Salim said
yeah, and he why he said you look at
this is one of the thing that if you don't understand history, you don't understand culture. And another word, if you look to historical thing or event or incident or information from where do you stand today, you see it completely in a different lens, then you go back, and you look forward. And you go back and you live at that time. Now when you look at it, wow, that's disgusting. you lick your finger, you know, it's not like it's not something very pleasant. Not a very hygiene, you will see that
why he doesn't just wash my hand. That's right.
That will be the normal question. But the reality is there is no washing hands at that time. At that time, there is no water, it takes you miles and miles and miles to go to get some water there is no access to water barely the water that exists inside the house is for you to consume to drink and for your animal to drink. Okay, and for you to take a shower or to make rowboat with it is not something that they are in the habit of having excessive amount of water that you can go wash that. So what was the culture at the time that the process of empowering people doing
that people eat and after the eat, they just do like this and this or shaking their hands? No walking so their hands will be filled with what sauce food and it will stick on people it was not actually a very hygiene or a very nice white Cinder be Salalah is that them or them not to leave that food on their hands and to clean it to clean it
you'll Abraham type to be like to be liked by who
you are and I finished food then I put one finger for Omar and other finger for use. Come on.
Like my, my my head you'll ever
be liked by her and lm Alhamdulillah set by an animal. Let's say you have a sheep cat. You know you just love to look it and eat it. So it will not be wasted.
So whatever like the left, little bit left, you can give it to the animals again. Eat it. Okay. Some said it could be his wife, or if this is something that they do it as a form of love. Maybe I don't know, or he the husband or the wife as the Father.
I'm just showing love kind of compassionate loving action, but many of the elements that it meant for the animals to look at and by the way nw salamati seldom lived with pets so individuals on them was seen once drinking and he sold the cat in the house so in the business of them took the water when he was making drinking from it, it took the water and he put it down to the cat to drink from it so the bodies he didn't feel disgusted by that he kept because the capitals very thirsty so why would he send them
I don't believe that you need to be looked like some people said by his servant or his wife or has her husband or sons or any that's unacceptable This is not not imaginable but it is
some something that you will think of the process and
what do we learn from this heading number one that
it is said that when you finish your food if there is remaining food in your food in your hand that you work it and you eat it and also some of the ahaadeeth that may be Salalah seldom talked about of the plate but it doesn't mean you look the plate it means that you like the hands and you collect what's on the plate with your hands and you eat it but you don't leave food
okay I have problems sometimes with you know people that what they do they leave a lot of food and be waste
okay or they take things somebody like they purposely over serve themselves then the food will be wasted. So if in the piece of salami telling them not to leave anything in the plate and whatever basically, you have in your plate and left in your even your hand you will eat it.
Why on earth am I said for many reasons. Number one for the Baraka the blessing of the food, there is a blessing in the food. Which part of the food we don't know maybe there is one part of it what will be the most blessing and blessing is the most have the most positive impact in your body.
And now your mama said also to clean your hand.
Okay, and he said, and you eat from the Senate, we learned that you eat with three fingers. So Omar, if you pick a date, how you pick a date
with three fingers, these three all you do a piece of meat. You didn't do like this.
Have you seen people eat like though? Like they take like up put it like though? Yeah, rice, you need your whole hand. macaroni you need your own soup, you need your hand was that hot?
I'm talking about time with there's no spoon. Remember, we're not talking about this luxury life that you live today. There's no cups, there's no spoons, there's no thing of that nature, or if it exists, it's very rare to be exist.
So that's why I said it was three, almost the type of food that you eat cannot be handled by three fingers.
And no matter how mama said it is recommended. Okay.
By the way,
when hasn't said it's one that you must, you must actually eat when
you eat two, three fingers, and you lick your fingers. But that's not a famous opinion at all, the majority of our human muscle is just tired, it's recommended for you to do that. Because it's a it's so you clean your hand you don't leave it with the food.
There is any format how you lick your finger. Okay?
There is a hadith in the be salamati Salah was eating with three fingers, which three fingers will Abraham the thumb, then the one next to it then the one next to the middle finger. So these are the three that used to eat with each of these. These three used to eat with them on a bar you already said
and how he used to basically look at some irmasat that based on the study had it kept the Pavani Okay, that didn't be some of
them. He started with this with the middle finger he looked at then the one next to it. Index, then the thumb.
So you start with the tallest one to the shortest one. They said Why? Because the tallest one most likely the one who has most of that food anyway
There is another point or body the Tinder be sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said you don't know what is the blessing in your food? So that's a reason and a law behind why we should do that. And that's that reason was mentioned by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or was an alien the reasoning behind that legislation? Some of them are so sorry some of them are mentioned explicitly by the processor and some of them something you can figure it out you think about it so what is the problem said is seeking the blessing Do you know which the blessing where is the blessing of the food okay. And I have seen this will lie sometimes you eat and you never get satisfied.
And sometimes he eats a little bit and you Mashallah for even though the same your same hungry and he didn't eat, but you will see that I'll put Baraka and some food, it just became so blessed.
So you didn't know where is the blessing under the other reasoning which is not mentioned by the process on that, but it could be figure out where mom Susana, Ella Ala Moana salsa like what no he said it to be for hygiene reasons. So your hands will not stay sticky and your hand will not keep and stay what have food edit when you shake hands with people or when you touch something.
Also, another reasoning in Mombasa it shows appreciation that you're not wasting food
and even you show a lot medalla that you don't waste even so little like what like this the rice that stick in your fingers okay.
Also Rama Rama Rama said the kakatiya he said this hadith is meant to teach you you don't ever belittling any food or any to any macadam
do belittling thing Don't
you always show respect to that food and you eat also one of the things that as the reasoning behind it, because if you don't clean it, and you don't have water obviously, okay? And you don't what will happen if you touch anything, you touch your claws, you will make your claws dirty touch something like bed you'll make your bed dirty and so on. cardinalities The added 10 weed
and abuse or some of them in his time. People used to wipe their hands and they don't wash
they used to wipe their hands in a napkin or not either not in the cloth, or their cloth or their toward turban, the turban that you put in their head used to wash their hands and clean their hands wipe your hands but they never used to wash their hands. That's the customer at that time because of the lack of water. So in a B cell cell and told them that you should look at before you why bit and your clothes.
Why? Because if you look at if you look at you take what the sauce the food out, so when you wipe it you only wipe your own What? saliva so don't nobody can say oh, I understand this honey. I like my finger then I shake your hand. Yeah, no, that's what the process because it's already known that they wipe it in something that a cloth or something like that. But then they'll be want to say before you wipe it make sure that you lick your finger first.
So this is actually make you more clean.
By what if I can wash it? Do I need to look at No, there is no food. There is no need to eat the food, just the sauce or the stain of it either need to look at you just wash your hand on the wipes or because the point was fulfilled which is to make sure that your hands clean and you don't make other places. There are other things.
we have a good habit or a good thing happened to us and modern technology today. It called refrigerator. The fridge that you have the fridge where you can save the food. If anybody saw some of them saying don't waste just a bite that fall on the floor. You don't waste it. You pick it up, you clean it and you eat it. The thing that lifted the plate you don't throw it away. The thing is sticking your finger like a piece of fries or like you know grains of rice. You eat it. You didn't just throw it away. If this is the case, what about the waste that we see today? In the food? It became a good habit that people today in the restaurant visit Can I take parks to go
okay, but to go meet
To Go where?
Not to your house trash. Because that's sometimes what happened to go to the trash in your home, you know to go and mean something that you will eat it. And I think that's a good culture today that people start taking the lust of the food for to go. And I get individual solemn said, Do you don't know what is the barricades?
Do you guys agree with me
that we have way more food than before?
But we have way less Baraka in our food than before.
Our food today is nothing but diseases for a lot.
A lie I met old men, they will eat Yeah, and the things that you would imagine sugar stuff and like fat elements that are so healthy
and so strong
and built and in good shape.
Today, we eat so much and we have so much variety, but there is no Baraka and could be one of the reasons that there is no Baraka because of the amount of waste. And we don't appreciate the food that we have.
And that's something wrong. Today, most of all disease comes from our food.
We are a very waste we waste so much as a nation.
Do you guys know
that there is
in any given day.
And any given day, during the year
we had 795 million people hungry
in the world in any given day. During the year, there is 795 estimated 795 million people are hungry, they go to bed hungry. They woke up in the morning hungry,
lunch come terms or they are hungry
during the daytime.
It is shocking that many of us throw away food on a daily basis that can in fact, help to stop the hunger in the world.
According to the US, the USDA
40% of our food
worth an estimated 160 $1 billion
okay 40% of our food which is worth 160 $1 billion dollars was never harvest harvested,
lost in processing thrown away and restaurants and homes ended up in writing, writing and Americans landfill
40% of our food in the United States, which is worth about 160 $1 billion every year. Can you imagine that get wasted?
According to that Natural Resources Defense Council 2012 and 2017 reports. Okay.
It says 50% of our
our product, what we produce in America is never consumed 50% of what we cook we grow. We Corvus 50% never was consumed. And in more recent report
has suggested that 126 billion pounds of wasted food annually.
Baccarat 160 2 billion pounds of food annually wasted in Central America that consider about $218 billion dollars
Put it in another way.
Food losses in America exceeds one third
that the food losses in America exceed one third of our defense budget.
And instead of Trump, okay, telling us you want to rebel, whatever. Which one just simple installation or one change we can do and controlling the waste of food. That's one third of our defense budget.
To feed the waste of United States, enough to feed 28 million persons every year,
globally, so that's us American. Globally, we throw out about 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year.
And he told me why there is no Baraka and blessing.
Why the food is so, you know, instead of being beneficial thing being harmful
1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted every year.
Or a third of all the food that we grow
is wasted worldwide.
The annual value of food wasted globally, is $1 trillion $1 trillion 25% of the world's freshwater supply is used to grow food that is never eaten
25% of the freshwater of the world which is used to grow
basically, food is wasted
2.3 billion people out of joining the planet, the planet, this planet are by 2050.
This will require a 60 to 70% increase in global food production.
Or we can just stop throwing away our food.
I'm saying this because
you believe it or not, you and me part of the problem.
And I will point out our brothers and sisters who run businesses
They have another responsibility
or massage and have another responsibility.
Our gathering social gathering have another responsibility
as a serious issue.
And it shouldn't be a concern. If these numbers I don't just waste my time looking and searching for them and making sure they get it from reliable resources, the latest numbers just to show off. No because I know those messages will be heard by people. This is something that I remember in England, I met with a group of business owners or sons on their Muslim group. And actually he talked to me about the game and he put together some ideas about how to control waste food.
It should be raised like for example, with his colleagues in his area and address them for example, he said a neighbor should email to their headquarter we have to come up with the plan. How can we reduce waste?
I love for the fact for example, they used to give everybody when you come this big huge yellow coffee pot that takes you a whole day to finish it and it will be thrown away. You know now you only take it many restaurant today they don't give you this ketchup until you ask.
So there is no waste water they use by default. If you notice a restaurant by default needs to give you water. Now they don't unless you ask
these little things makes great impact.
So we have to start thinking about policies
and ways to fight we do need to wait for the government to legislate that.
I think as a citizen, as business owner, as massage as civil society. We should care about this because at the end of the day it hurts us
we wasting our resource the future of this plant is in dangerous
is licking the fingers disgusting.
had been handled by hemolysis question
Colorado stuck about is it disgusting act had been handled disgusting. If you look at then you put it back in the plate
where people eat with you.
But if you notice in me some said when you finish completely
it's disgusting if you look at then you shake somebody else's hand but if you look at after that you wipe your fat your finger your hands actually your finger with
what with cloth or something like they used to do. So there is no really a disgusting is not a very it's not a disgusting thing. Also
Doesn't mean that you put it in front of people and you're like in front of everybody Now, some people think of the worst of you know you might do it like in a way where you cover yourself basically you care because something is shady I talk about caring about other people feeling
also uncopyable Rahim Allah said
there is people have said that term of Fukudome yes or no,
there is people
their way of thinking is corrupted because the level of
spoiling the live the spoil via lifestyle that they have, which is we all share, we are very spoiled.
By the way online is not long time ago, my father,
my own father,
he told me about how one day he could not find anything to eat.
And he was at that time in the college, anything to eat,
or maybe in high school going to college. He said, I remember that I found
an old tomato next to the track, I took it, I clean it and he ate it. And that was the only food I had.
He told us the story.
One day when he found us cooking food in our home, I remember that and we had like many different type of foods.
And he said you need to know this not 10 generations ago, this is used to grandfather.
Not long time ago people don't find and don't and don't think we are far away from this
we can in any time reach that love. The only thing is when Allah subhanaw taala sees us we show respect
to the to the food or not to the blessing, because food is the most clear form of blessings that Allah giving us
here we say that the reasoning behind licking the hand is not to leave food. So, if there is no food in your hand, there is no need for you to like
you the other reasoning will be to be clean, if you have another way to clean your hand you can clean it
because so you can clean with any form or any methods
if licking the food from your fingers, something unacceptable culturally or something that is considered inappropriate to do in public. Okay, or it can cause more harm and more damage
turn people away what kind of religious religious that okay. Especially, we don't use hand much these days. We use what
if you eat Chinese food trucks, the chopsticks thing, forks, you know, stuff like that.
So, in this case, there's no need for for for doing that.
Also, from this Hadith, we know that the Sahaba used to wipe their hands after the election so to clean their hand. So in another word about hair loss that what what do we learn from this honey that after you finish it eat you eating clean yourself and that will include rinsing your mouth, washing your hands, okay? And
like I said, you only need to do that if in your hand. If you've been eating something not dry food, dry food maybe there is no need for you pick a candy or something. But if you come something sticky a sugar entered or like sauce. In this case you need to wash your hand
this, how do you teach us we should care for the food and to respect it and preserve it even if it's so little as
grains of rice with a little bit of meat on your hand.
So if you in order to care for the lotto about the
the great amount of food to just go to the truck.
Also, this shows you that giving your fingers or sharing the food that you leftover with the animals shows that maybe some care about animals and pets. I know some pets on earth they don't like what I saying because they don't feed their
Like house food because otherwise it's gonna be like a stinky
house because of that, but it doesn't mean maybe chicken maybe your don't put your finger to the chicken but maybe your rabbits you know leftover from salad stuff like that The point is it shows the lives of care and also shows you sincere sense of humility from him solid body body or send them
when they be solid and send them order them to
like the fingers and in one on the ratio between Japanese and us
the plate it doesn't mean to lick it with tongue make sure if you read if you ever come across hurry them to stand now, there is another operation. We're inhibitions called Amara Sol Sol Sol Sol can mess with your hand. You take whatever left and flight
ordering you to look the three fingers. If you use three fingers if you use more than three fingers you look the rest of them.
Is it true
that there is a health benefit from locking fingers?
Is this any health benefits from breaking your fingers?
After you finish food, some people actually
they said our fingertips have nerve
endings. So when we handle food with them
when you handle food with your finger and your fingers, basically our nerves under the tip of your fingers when you handle the food that will send a signal to the brain.
So the brain will understand that there is what food beside the smell beside the seat. So when the brain understand that the food what will happen
is enzymes start coming your stomach and your saliva. So actually tell them to consume the food faster. Okay.
Some some sad, okay.
When you look at us stimulated more
Some people even said when you look at it, stimulate, stimulate more, and that will help I don't find any reliable source to back this up scientifically.
Okay, I couldn't find any reliable source to vouch for this scientifically. And I looked I spend quite time looking for it asking as well. But what I found that our hand okay
carries a lot of bacterias
especially our fingers and our hand carries so much or known as normal flora and found and palm and fingers of the hand. Okay, stop period.
And it's not harmful to humans. It is in fact protects us from many damaging microbes in the environment. When you eat with your hands, the flora and the fingers is smaller and it is beneficial for healthy digestive for the digestive system that you have. That's another thing some people said in regard to eating with hands and the benefits of it versus eating with spoon okay spoons no matter what is never going to be clean like your finger for some reason your finger Allah create in them.
Okay, bacteria is that it will keep your finger help, while spoons will always have these bacteria in if you clean Yes, but it can be harmful can carry you know viruses and stuff like that.
There is an increased ability of the host of nourish itself, since the bacteria produce vitamins, okay, that the human body is infected to give forth like vitamin B 12 and vitamin K. So there's a lot of talk even and that's a lot of scientific books I talked about eating with hands and what can be what is some benefit from it. And you can research it easily. We found a plenty of research in regard to this.
One of the things that I mentioned in regards to this headache.
One of the
practices that I see a lot of Muslims do these days.
That they believe you must eat every leftover
and for them it's a sin
to let it go
so they believe you must eat the leftover so I ate for example the plate and there is a little bit of rice left
okay no eat it you have to eat it but and they believe religiously that you have to eat it
saying you have to and it's an add on believe it you need proof for that and there's no proof for that in their business I've never ever told anyone that and nobody's ever recommended that you look the finger you know the little bit left but it never is up didn't say if you have half of your plate left you know what you
shovel down through your throat you know nothing like that there is nothing
ever said that it is must okay so the cinema said you lick your finger not to eat the rest of the food
and our binocular sabella be accurate
Okay, yes, we should learn not to
over serve ourselves not because it's a free buffet to over serve yourself not because you know you don't over serve yourself it's better to take less than you do any for instance don't put too much cereal in the morning take a little bit you finish taking
it's okay to refill the ball but don't take too much and waste
and we say ordering someone to eat the lift over is actually goes against the Sharia
Why? Because as it no Chi Rahim Allah said it's macro and even taymiyah said haram to overeat
candy no more love because you hurt and harm yourself
and I noticed that some people oh my god they force you to eat and the four cities before city
and it hasn't possibly Kenya put in
one of the nobility is to leave food before you became completely full.
Yanni this habit of you over phygital house it became like you know, you can't even breathe
you know in the visa someone said what one third for food and one third For what?
For water one third for air. That guy was in the food with us. And he said he wanted the food. He said yeah, my third is not like yours.
Okay, as thirds the bigger you know.
You know what they say about American versus European? When it comes to desserts,
American Europeans, they leave a space for dessert. We make a space for the desert.
Like when it comes to food and we make a space for it. Especially Texas side so he overeating. Mira Mombasa Okay, is not right. What about the self said
I will rather to give the lift over to the dog then to eat it.
I'll give it to a throw to a dog but I will not eat it.
They shall assume that they mean once was asked the lift over? Do I have to eat it?
Chevron is that if your stomach is trash, eat it.
If your stomach is trash eat, because I noticed that I go through sometimes. And you know what this I don't even ask they give me more than what I want because I couldn't eat the whole thing. Now that you have to eat it.
And they feel obligated to do that.
And also, sometimes we do the boxes. You do not because I travel a lot on a doula work with youth and different culture especially in certain culture. Oh my God, this leftover businesses unbelievable. If you didn't know how many times I go to people's cars and stuff like that It smells so bad because there is food leftover. He took it to the restaurants forget about it and in the car, you know, you open the door of the refrigerator, you find boxes, boxes, boxes of boxes. So what he does, he just doesn't feel bad about it. He bring all these boxes, put in the fridge and then end up in the trash anyway to save the trouble.
If you're not going to eat it if you know you're not going to eat it most likely.
Don't. Next time. Be careful about how you you order
You Abraham, the L, like it shows you that also one of the things that you can give this, lift over To what?
To animal. That's why some people like to grow, for example, chickens,
you know, rabbits and some of these like animals that we can eat all this left over. But also, I would say something else, we can understand another benefit, that the point is to make use of that leftover. So one of the things that you can use, you can take this food and transfer it to what
fertilizer for your backyard, or for your pot, where you grow some mint, or parsley or no,
any things at home, even in your apart. So you can use it one more time. And it's a plenty just go online zone or whatever. And search, there's plenty of equipment that you have, it will take come back the food and you reduce after that, then I give you some interesting statistic about that.
So food waste can be used for compositing and
sold to farmers. It can be provided as a food source for local animal farms that meet federal state or local regulations for food scrub.
do I have anyone here?
Maybe they can hear
me anyone? Are people willing to research maybe. So that would be for us. If we have anything locally.
here in Houston, we can contact them, make a deal with them about Ramadan, we have a lot of food waste.
So we will have special containers, we'll put all the waste within it. And we will see if we can give it to these basically, companies find a way it is possible to
be used. Okay, see what's the rules, what the regulations somebody look into that already appreciate if somebody's interested to search that online and fine. You will be surprised how many resources relevant for us. You know, in Europe, for example, every year, even in certain areas, every household, they have trashes. Okay. One of them is a green one, for example, there is a blue, there's a red, there's those, so one of them only fourth waste food. So all the left scrubbed from the food goes to that trash, you cannot put any other any other thing. So we here have the plastic and papers over there, they have one specifically for the scrubs the leftover to put there. So
that's a law. That's the law of many European countries that I've seen in Canada as well.
Almost half of the food in the US goes to waste, approximately 3000 pounds per second.
3000 pounds of food per second get to waste to be wasted.
Food scrubs make up almost 12% 12%
of that municipal solid waste generated in the US
or schools, one of the first and the top lowest and waste within American
schools and home. Those even our surprise goes above restaurants
like average person home.
So schools, restaurants homes, you know starting to compose food waste on site.
Even some dumpsters that you can have you
do that offer that service to restaurant
type. Let's give you an interesting statistics. Every year the average person in North America may waste around 230 pounds of food.
Which, if converted to energy, could power 100 watt light bulb for two weeks.
If you extrapolate that for the entire US population, it represents a lot of energy that could be saved right there.
Let's take an example a county of 10,000 people, county 10,000
People live in Orange County waste 2.3 million pounds of food.
If you take that 2.3 million pounds of food and you make energy out of them,
you can power a desktop computer for 800 years.
Another way to put it
a country of 6 million people waste 1.4 billion pounds of foods
every year, that's enough to power 417 million washing machine for an hour.
A country with a population of 319 millions could waste as much as 74 billion pounds of food every year.
Imagine the amount of waste that we do which is saved could result in tremendous energy saving, that could be put to much better use
5.5 billion electric heater for one hour. For example. 5.5 billion electric heater
for an hour.
If we save that model, we transfer that food
I gave you in Texas, the city of Austin, Texas, recently voted unanimously for the city
ordinance that requires all large restaurants over 500 square feet
to separate composable waste from other waste materials by 2016.
smaller asserts are required to do so by 2017.
The home composing report program offered consumer $75 rebate on a home composing system after ending a free composing class.
You enter the class, he received a $5 education. So that's what Austin did to educate the public about how can you deal with that leftover food wasted food
business in New York City have also heeded the call of zero waste challenge.
restaurants in New York, they are a challenge for themselves. A zero waste challenge. Restaurants compose organic waste.
A train shift to improve meal planning, reduce the amount of food produced after peak period and donated surplus food to an energy NGO to provides meal to the city homeless shelter. The 31 businesses that participated in the challenge collectively diverted 37,000 tonnes of waste by increasing recycling effort. Just this small amount 31 year
composting over 24 500,000 tonnes of organic materials and donating 322 tonnes of food.
Can you imagine the impact of just 13 or 31 restaurants came together.
Additional Additionally, in July 2016, the city mandated business organic waste program where qualified businesses are required to separate their organic waste for components.
I know economically some
business owner home you know who wants to drive three four different you know,
trash cans and stuff like that. But believe me it's worth it.
I don't I don't brag it's not it's not on the top of my head. But city like stamp Ooh.
I think if I'm mistaken. 20% or 25% something like huge like that. Maybe 50% something like that number is energy is generated by recycling the food that is wasted in the city.
Actually stemple considered one of the leading city in the world.
This is not a business.
And what's that? Well, the good thing that the government they're dead.
So I hope
that when we read this Hadith, talking about not to waste,
the food that is sticked on hand,
we think about how are we going to do with the bigger picture.
I hope that this will be a method for all of us to try to think about less waste.
And how can again, less worse doesn't mean to overfeed yourself.
It's to be smart about how you deal with the
extra food that you have to deal with the way you serve the food.
So I hope we'll have somebody in this crowd willing to look into research, or maybe a couple of you can research for us what options that we have. I love banana bread, for example. And I don't like to make an advertisement for people. But banana bread, you know, everyday me not allowed to keep the same bakery every day. You have to can you have to get a fresh one. So you know what, after all the finishes the day, all the product, elder bakery goes to be donated to shelters and to every single day.
You know, there is an app, an app made by a friend in Saudi Arabia, or something to boost up any in Serbia in major cities. If you have a wedding, you have a party, you have you know, people and you have leftover food, you put the address, you let them know, they come they pick it up from your place. And they don't waste. They repackage it. If it can be they put certain condition for you to put it to clean, not touched blah, blah, blah, they take it they put it in a containers it's cold or warm, then they have contact with homes and people that they need the food. They go on this reason the same time
100% free service on the percent volunteer service.
And I looked at the feedback on that app. I was amazed.
Homes, but not like your lunch but home like a party has like so they have certain conditions. But that's a smart way I think there is certain things we can do.
To change them. There is an organization, we used to be an advisory, I used to be an advisory board member. It called made in Europe.
It's based in London,
this organization when I was part of the advisory board anymore,
one of the things that I work with them and give them support was to lobby, the UAE the European Union, okay, should make laws
to force restaurant owners to reduce waste.
Give them incentive by reducing tax,
even tax breaks.
Because it takes money to do that.
Give them incentives, or basically penalty or extra charge for waste management and so forth if they don't comply.
So these are some things that we can do as a community in society.
also work with government to adopt laws that will help because as you heard, the serious problem is United States waste 50% of the food, go to trash and useless. That's scary.
And that's any hope that doesn't really punish us for that.
Now let's find out how all of us and to make us appreciate and grateful and thankful for the blessings and the food that are giving us