Has anyone ever told you that world hunger is an inevitability? That at the rate of population growth we are experiencing “it’s just not possible to feed all the people in the world.”
I remember sitting in a class during undergrad and being told that there are places in the world where people actually burn fresh produce because they cannot sell it- BURN! I remember thinking that this was an absurdity and clearly false.
But slowly my mind began to race… When the goal of farming is to earn a living (and if possible, yield profit), as opposed to say, providing nourishment, compensation dictates what happens to the food. So, if farmers aren’t adequately compensated for their product, what would motivate them to just give it away so that mouths can be fed?
I could explore and ask questions all day long, but today is more about action.
Friends, today I’m appealing to your inner-Marley and asking you to get up stand up.
Sign this petition, calling on world leaders to create plans to eliminate food waste.
If you believe that:
- all people deserve access to fresh, affordable produce
- it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure food justice
- as a race, humans are capable of creating solutions to world hunger
- there is something fundamentally wrong with getting rid of/burning tons of fresh produce
then, please sign the Avaaz.org petition.
Are you interested in trawling some literature on the topic of food waste? Check out some of these and see where they take you:
EU Supermarkets blamed for Kenya food waste, Al Jazeera
One third of the food that is grown every year is wasted- yet we have tens of millions of people going to bed hungry every night. We can help put an end to this.