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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: In North America,a movie scene could include the famously goofy fun FOOD FIGHT. My boyfriend who is from the carribean is horrified by this common scene. He feels it signifys a contempt for food and drives his point further about our tastless beautiful food,our poor quality of cooked food,our junk food and our obssesion with altering food dna...rather then improve our relationship with food.This opinion was a surprise to me,I am very used to food as a toy,or decoration ect..but when i listened I felt embarrassed that a rich culture could be so disrespectful of food,starting in childhood...I cannot deny this is in fact true. He added further to say...Dont make it nice,or pretty,just make it good" He is right...our addiction to slick beauty and less content is eating at us from all sides. When is the last time you every said or thought..dont make it pretty or nice..just make it good! North America has no such saying,woefully

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