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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: I think that perhaps a "food waste fee" for businesses would do a lot of good... Either they can sell the food or pay for throwing it away, I think I know what most would choose...
    • Nov 29 2012: I used to eat in a Thai Buffet, it was written in the menu that people must take just enough food, they can return to take more whenever they want, and that any wasted food will be charged in the bill.
      That's a good way to stop people from wasting food!

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