Thursday, September 29, 2016

Why the food waste?

There are many challenges facing us as we work to feed over 9 billion people by 2050. While we must increase production to meet this demand in the future, many will note, that currently we are producing enough food to feed our population as is. There are several factors that are keeping us from feeding our current population including costs, infrastructure. and much more. One of the challenges we face is the waste of food. Linked below is a video from the Food and Agriculture Organization. I encourage you to watch the video (around three minutes) and then utilize the discussion points provided below to guide your conversations in your classrooms, coffee shops, and communities around the world!

Food Wastage Footprint

Discussion Points

  • How much food do we waste and what are the impacts of this?
  • What was one of the most surprising/interesting facts that you took from this video?
  • Reflect on your school, household, and community. Where do you see food waste?
  • This video highlights food waste issues in developed countries. However, we still see this degree of food loss in developing countries as well. How does developing countries food waste/loss differ from those in developed countries? 
  • What can be done to cut down on food waste around the world in all settings? Start with your home and then move to your local community, country, and then world.

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