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Global Food Waste
ISSUE 1 VOLUME 1
March 3, 2016
The world’s food system is in trouble. We as humans are the ones that can stop the trouble and help our world. Tristram Stuart is an author and an activist and he talks about global food waste. He says that Western countries throw out half of their food not because it isn’t appetizing, but because it does not look appealing. The food ends up in trash heaps rather than in a human’s stomach. Forests are being cut down, but there are still millions of people that are going hungry.
American consumers are wasting about forty percent of their food they purchase. Every year we are throwing $161 billion worth of food into landfills. Not only are
we wasting money but we are wasting good tasting food.
“The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank. In countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, an average family of four wastes $1,600 and $1,100 per year, respectively, at the consumption stage. There is a report that says that food loss and waste cause huge inefficiencies in economic, energy and natural resource use. For example, the large amount of water used to grow apples or irrigate rice or roast coffee is also wasted if the end-product is lost along the way.
Nicole Martinez [Master Editor] Monica Hernandez [Editor] Owais Alderei [Editor] Abdulla Albakri [Editor]
Table of Contents What is Global Food Waste?………………1 Tristram Stuart..….……………………….…….2 Ugly Foods…………………….……………….….3 What other countries say about U.S…..4 World Wide Malnutrition…………………..5 How to reduce food waste……………..….6
What is Global Food Waste? By [Nicole Martinez]
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Tristram Stuart By [Nicole Martinez]
column article followed by a four-column article, on the same page .
Tristram Stuart is a speaker, campaigner and an expert on the environmental and social impacts of food waste. He has his TED talk on the internet that has been watched over a million times. He is very passionate and dedicated to fixing the problem of food waste. He states that it is an injustice in our world. In 2011, he received the Sophie Prize which is an international environmental award. He is the founder of Feeding the 5000. It is a raising campaign where 5000 members from the public are given free lunches using only ingredients that would have been wasted. This event was held in Trafalgar Square in 2009 and 2011. It has also been held internationally. He wants to change the world with the fact that we waste large quantities of produce along with other foods.
Tristram also works with a range of NGOs, government, and private enterprises to try and prevent more foods being wasted all around the world. He wants people to be more responsible when they are using global resources. We only have one world to live in so we need to take care of it. Take advantage of the global resources we have rather than just overlooking them and tossing them away.
An interesting fact about Tristram is that he is the founder of Toast Ale, which is a beer launched in the UK in 2016 that is made using fresh, surplus bread.
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Ugly Foods The world must do something to
curb billions of pounds of food
wastes. It is very ironical that we
waste do much edible foods while
close to 800,000 people across the
world do not have enough to eat.
In her article “How ‘Ugly’ Fruits
and Vegetables Can Help Solve
World Hunger”, Elizabeth Royte
examines various approaches that
could be used to reduce or
eliminate food wastage in the US
and the rest of the world.
Motivated by the activities of
Tristram Stuart, Royte argues that
increasing the consumption of
food condemned to waste would
not only reduce environmental
degradation, but also reduce
hunger in the world.
How can the world cut the amount
of foods wastes? Tristram Stuart
examines various workable
solutions geared towards a more
sustainable food consumption
culture. Whether you live in a
developed or a developing
country, everybody has a role in
reducing food wastes. For
instance, some American schools
have initiated programs that
encourage students to serve
themselves portions of food that
they are sure they will finish. As
Tristram Stuart transverses to
other countries in the world, he
notices another area where billons
of edible foods are wasted.
In Peru, and Kenya, billings of
tones of edible fruits and
vegetables are wasted due to their
failure in meeting certain quality
exporting thresholds. Emphasis on
the right color, shape, and size
render many foodstuffs unfit for
export to the developed world. To
lessen the unacceptable culture of
wasting too many foods, Tristram
Stuart demonstrates that various
“ugly foods” could adequately be
utilized, not only to increase food
distribution in the world, but also
to lessen environmental impact of
wasted foods. For instance,
Tristram Stuart creates local
delicacies from wasted food stuffs
such as “wrong sized” bananas,
and Satsuma juice obtained from
Ugly Foods By: Owais Alderei
Of their food
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What is being said about America? By: Abdulla Albakri
Eating and wasting too much has
dire consequences. According to
Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, 35.7% of Americans
are obese. The cost of treating a
third of American population
battling with obesity cost the
United Sates $147 billion in 2008
alone. Compared to health
Americans, obese people
consumed $1,429 more in
healthcare costs. These cases are
avoidable by simply eating less
food. Reducing food consumption
not only creates a healthier
society, but also ensures that
everybody has enough to eat. With
global population expected to
increase by two billion by the year
2050, coupled with the current
underfed populations, world
leaders are concerned on the
future sustainability of food.
Apart from the health concerns,
environmental concerns through
food wastage have attracted
attention. As the American society
continues to discard unconsumed
foods and plastics bags by burying
them in landfills, the rate of
pollution consequently increases.
Data from statistics by the US
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) shows that food wastes
accounted for 34 million tons of
total municipal solid wastes in
2010 alone. Sadly, while many
form of wastes such as plastics
and metals can be recycled; food
wastes are mostly destined to the
landfills, accounting for 21% of
the total content in the landfills.
As the trash decomposes,
chemical reactions release
methane to the atmosphere.
Increasing the level of methane in
the atmosphere increases global
warming since methane is 21 more
powerful than carbon dioxide.
These shocking reports indicate
that the American human footprint
is largely to blame for the
overconsumption culture in the
US. Landfills account for
approximately 34% of human
related methane emission in the
US. Therefore, Americans must
device approaches to lessen the
rate of disposing consumed foods
in an effort to cut the rate of global
warming. Suggestions include
offsetting food wastes in
economically justifiable ways
such as special collection of food
wastes. “Consumer good will”
was a also an important
recommendation by statistics EPA
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By [Monica Hernandez]
“The people that are
most at risk for
hunger are children”
75% Of the people dying of hunger are
World hunger is affecting millions of people through malnourishment and general under-nutrition. Malnutrition is something that means a person lacks the elements, in a nutritional sense, that is necessary to be fully healthy. Often, this is either a lack of calories and protein or vitamin and mineral deficiency. In the world today, nearly one in eight people in the world have “chronic undernourishment,” which means they are in a severe state of hunger, which often means their children will face that same undernourishment, which creates a vicious cycle much like poverty.
The people that are most at risk for hunger are children. The children that are malnourished are immunologically disadvantage and run higher risks of becoming ill, these kids will be ill for 160 days or more each year, and it causes five million deaths every year. Diseases like malaria and measles are exemplified in children that are undernourished.
Malnourishment is an epidemic affecting nearly one billion people in the world. This is epidemic is not something that only affects third world countries, many working poor Americas are also facing and enduring malnourishment as they live in a low-income region with few or no grocery stores to get fresh food.
Being an undernourished child or adult reduces the capabilities to thrive in the operations of day to day life. It is unbelievable paradox to see that there are so many human beings living with hunger every day and at the same time there are approximately 40 million tons of food being wasted in the United States households alone, not to include grocery stores and restaurants.
The fact that the hunger involves American children can be a shocking fact for some to understand, however, 15.3 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2014 here in the U.S., this is something that can cause a feeling of helplessness for many especially here in the U.S. There are many programs, activist, and simple at home streamlining that Americans can exercise to take the initiative towards contributing towards reducing hunger in America.
40% Of children in Africa are so chronically undernourished by the age of five that they will never fully physically recover or mentally develop.
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You Can Help Reduce Food Waste By [Monica Hernandez]
Tips to Reduce Household Waste
Plan Create a weekly meals plan to avoid overbuying unnecessary items
Prepare Chop vegetables and fruits in advance, which will make them readily available for use
Store Find the properly to enhance the freshness of the each item.
Reduce Your Household’s
Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. Here is a list of the benefits of reducing wasted foods: it saves money, reduces methane emission, conserves energy and resources, and supports the effort to fight hunger in your community. There is an overall benefit not only to the individual but it will also benefit the world as a whole.
Donate untouched food to food banks
You can also donate any untouched nutritious food that you may have over purchased. This can include canned foods, frozen foods, and any other items that are still in edible condition. You may donate these items at your local family shelter, churches, community centers, or any other charitable center that will be able to store and cook the items for those in need.
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