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Miguel Cisneros-Franco

McGill University

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What small, everyday actions can we do to improve the distribution of food?

I recently moved to a developped country. I was on the line of the cafeteria at my workplace, and noticed how the grill guy throwed to the trash the "sample" fully cooked panini just because he ran out of them.

As Simon Moss pointed out at TEDx Warwick -- http://youtu.be/Go4Xsd53Qqw --, hunger is not a supply issue, but a distribution one. Even if the population keeps growing, there would be enough food for 9 billion people.

These talks inspired --and outraged-- me, as they describe how people in developping and developped countries waste food only because "it does not comply with aesthetic standards" and other irrational reasons.

I truly believe that the main action we can take lies on education (since birth, within our households, way before our kids reach the school ). So, I'd like to raise the question: what small, everyday actions can we do to improve the distribution of food?

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  • Nov 18 2012: I would advocate one dollar/day for charity organizations that are known to be effective and consistent in feeding the poor and the homeless.
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      Nov 20 2012: Thanks! Now, regarding the terms "effective and consistent", I liked what Simon Moss said during his talk (link above). He comments that it would be interesting to ask the people involved in fund-raising for charities:
      "Ask them what success looks like (... ) ask them how they know when they've failed, and what they're going to do about it."

      I wonder what do you think about that? How would you identify such organizations?

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