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05 Sep 13 13:30

This headline on cnn.com caught my attention for a number of reasons. One, I just attended the Swiss Re Family Day in Zurich and learned that in the industrialized Western world, we waste as much food as we consume. That is heartbreaking. Second, I came of age in the first throws of the ecology movement in the US when the Cuyahoga River literally caught fire owing to pollution and not for the first time. Third, I am the mother of a four-year-old and often, despite my best efforts, throw food out that he swore he was hungry for and then left untouched. I feel terrible but I can hardly blame him for it. And finally, I am concerned that I will not leave behind a planet as bountiful as I was lucky enough to inhabit. After I watched this video I realized I have to start thinking way outside of my box – way outside.

Read the entirety of the report on the INDEX: Award here.

How do you feed the world without starving the planet?

edition.cnn.com

With 7.1 billion mouths to feed, and plenty more on the way, the world needs to find new ways to feed its citizens.


Category: Food security: Diet/alternatives, Food waste


3 Comments

Alicia Montoya - 5 Sep 2013, 8:29 p.m.

I gotta tell ya, them tacos de chapulines in Mexico taste darned good!! More on how many crunchy crawleys I welcome on my menu in this previous discussion: https://openminds.swissre.com/stories/136/

Oh and yeah, I sponsored the equally awesome http://urbanfarmersbox.ch/, another 'urban farm in a container' project. They claim that the "inside the 5-meter-high UrbanFarmers BOX, proud urban farmers can now grow up to 60kg of fish and 200kg of vegetables throughout the summer months – enough to feed a whole family."

#howcoolisthat ;)

Rashunda Tramble - 6 Sep 2013, 2:23 p.m.

I wonder how much our US buy-one-get-one-free practice adds to the waste? I don't know what happens, but as soon as I step into "Tarjay" and see a sale on a family pack of anything - I lose my mind. Granted, I don't eat that much processed food (read: packed) but I do believe we have a food hoarding culture that leads to food waste.

Rashunda Tramble - 6 Sep 2013, 2:27 p.m.

By the way, not everyone in the US is "food secure." Check out what's going on in my neck of the woods: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/us/as-debate-reopens-food-stamp-recipients-continue-to-squeeze.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


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