Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed calls for end to ‘culture of excess’ to protect food security
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, said the UAE must rein in its “culture of excess”.
The Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces called for needless overspending and food waste to be tackled and the natural resources of the Emirates to be protected.
Hosting his online Ramadan majlis with Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, he said he believed the public would be receptive to the need to move away from unwanted habits.
“Food security is a holistic ecosystem that pertains to not only food production, but also addresses the culture of handling food or the culture of rationalism and avoiding overuse and waste,” Sheikh Mohamed said during the video conference.
“We have a habit of excess that we need to restrain. If this excess or overspending is for a good cause, like charity, it is good and we support it, but overspending for no reason is bad.
“This is a key part of the food security strategy: how to think of our various natural resources such as water, food sources, energy and others.
“The UAE at this time was not and will not be affected, whether it’s local produce, stockpile or imports,” Sheikh Mohamed said also.
He furthermore said the in the video conference that country was passing the test presented by an outbreak that has affected the lives of billions of people across the globe.
But the UAE will not relent in playing a key role in supporting other nations by delivering essential aid.
Last month, it was revealed that close to 6 million tonnes of food was produced in the UAE each year, reflecting a growing shift away from a dependence on imported goods.
Local farms have ramped up production and more local produce has begun appearing on supermarket shelves.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, said stores in Abu Dhabi would now dedicate a section to promote locally grown produce.