RAWALPINDI - Speakers at a seminar on Thursday stressed the need for saving food as per theme of the World Environment Day 2013 "Think-Eat-Save".

They informed that every year 1.3 billion tons of food was wasted and 1 out of 7 people in the world slept hungry while more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die every day due to hunger. They urged the participants for making individual and collective efforts to conserve the environment and reduce ecological footprints to bring about a positive change in the environment.

They stated this at a seminar held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here.

The seminar was organized by Department of Environmental Sciences, PMAS-AAUR in connection with World Environment Day, to promote the awareness related to the environment and finds the way to take correct actions.

Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR was the chief guest while Dr. Muhammad Javed Malik, Member Food & Agriculture; Planning Commission was the guest of honor, Dr. Aslam Gill, Food Security Commissioner, Ministry of National Food Security & Research delivered key note address on the occasion. Students, faculty and people from all walks of life also participated. Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad in his address, explained that this day was celebrated every year to raise global awareness among masses to preserve the overall environmental matrices in total against the rising issues of climate change, global warming, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency. He urged that clean and safe environment will only be guaranteed if each individual incorporates environment conservation and promotion in their daily activities, attitude and behavior.

Dr Aslam Gill, Food Security Commissioner, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, in his address urged for protection of environment throughout the country, as population of Pakistan was increasing and natural resources were shrinking. Scarcity of water and climate change may have serious impact on the agriculture productivity of the country, which will affect food availability for public in future. He also stated that education can play pivotal role in addressing the environmental issues of the area. Dr Muhammad Javed Malik, Member Food & Agriculture; Planning Commission, said that World Environment Day 2013 theme was very important for food deficit countries of the world as the idea was to minimize the food wastage and the theme 'Think, Eat, Save' urges us to make concrete efforts to think and save the food which we grow, consume and dispose in our daily routine.