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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 21 2012: I haven't watched the talk, but I think the best action for those living in developed countries would be eating less, especially less meat. The reality is that these massive developed world food producers are there because there are consumers. If we ate less, and again, especially less meat, the huge corporations would have to move abroad, perhaps to the developing world to find consumers, of whom there are a lot of.
    • Nov 21 2012: But would the huge corporations really have to move abroad?

      Would the millions in the developing world be able to pay enoughf or this meat, to make it economically worthwhile for the producers to make the move, setup an industry, etc etc?
      Would there be enough grain, grass, land, to facilitate a cattle industry in the developing world?

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