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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 29 2012: As far as i'm concerned, i think that these kind of actions require an early education, i mean that schools should make children aware of this, and the best way to make children remember something is by visual means (videos, pictures...etc).
    They can show them documentaries of people in other countries suffering from hunger, pictures may be shocking but this is how they will remember that if they have more than enough food at home , other people are struggling somewhere else.

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