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Thursday, October 6, 2016

FOOD WASTE AND HUNGER


Food waste is a trendy issue these days, not least because it appears to be an obvious solution to world hunger. But Nick Saul, author of The Stop, a book about directing a food bank in Canada, believes that belief is misguided. Preventing food waste, he says, will never be able to address hunger because hunger isn’t about a lack of food. It’s about a lack of income. People are food insecure because they can’t afford to eat. And waste is about (1) inefficiencies and bureaucracy in the food system that see crops tilled under and lost in the production process while other crops are overproduced as a result of antiquated agricultural policy and incentive programs; (2) a retail system that has overabundance built into its operation model; and (3) consumers who buy food with the best intentions, only to have it spoil in the back of the fridge.

Source: Food Politics, 9/27/16,Food Waste