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The rise of foodbanks in Germany is increasing the commodification of poverty without addressing its structural causes

The rise of foodbanks in Germany is increasing the commodification of poverty without addressing its structural causes | Curbing Food Wastage | Scoop.it
The past two decades have seen a massive rise in the number of foodbanks in Germany, often linked to the country’s welfare reforms. But what are the consequences of foodbanks, beyond simply helping...
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My decision to start exploring on food wastage was driven by my heart to help fight for those in need and those who can't fight for themselves. I understand what this writer has shared, that foodbanks can perpetuate the poverty cycle, and cause them to be reliant on being fed, and not pull them out of their situation. Perhaps, I would need to also explore other areas and start a new PLN of what can be done after ensuring that the basic needs of the poor are met. Such as bringing education to empower the generations to fend for themselves. Perhaps following maslow hierarchy of needs would be my approach. To fuflfill the needs one layer at a time, beginning with its most basic, the physiological need. 

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Address the Excess - A Recipe for Cutting Food Waste: Peter Lehner at TEDxManhattan - YouTube

According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans are tossing up to 40 percent of the food supply each year, along with all the resou...
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Perhaps another way in seeking a cultural awakening would be through the products we design. Are we able to design products or create technologies that will serve people better, be more efficient and at the same time help tackle food wastage. Could we rethink our infrastructures and the way we build to help facilitate this move. An example, is how in light of getting more Singaporeans to recycle, the government planted recycling bins all over the Singapore to help people not have to "get out of their way" to be able to recycle. Could we build food banks beside or inside supermarkets, have can food deposit boxes at community centres. What else can we do to help sustain this the movement of tackling food wastage, once the interest has been sparked. 

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Stop wasting food: Selina Juul at TEDxCopenhagen 2012 - YouTube

Consumers are the key players in reducing food waste. Within the last 4 years, the Danish Stop Wasting Food movement (Stop Spild Af Mad) has grown from a sma...
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The shift in food wastage lies in the hands of the consumers. Despite success stories of companies who are active in curbing food wastage, and how supermarkets have made more money, there may not be enough of such stories to motivate companies to become advocates of controlling food wastage. They may not be too welcoming to the idea of their customers being picky with their purchases as suppose to spending extravagantly. If these companies are driven by money, waiting on them or even perhaps certain governments where their economy is more important than that of having a global mindset, to act and push for decrease in food wastage may be a lost cause. However, if the consumers begin to speak up and perhaps boycott certain supermarkets or F&B outlets who behave responsibly, companies may pick up slack and may want to be seen in the good light of being responsible in order to increase their sales and customer loyalty. 

 

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Insights on Food Waste in Singapore | Green Future Solutions

Insights on Food Waste in Singapore | Green Future Solutions | Curbing Food Wastage | Scoop.it
We have been running the Save Food Cut Waste campaign since Nov 2012. There is now more awareness about food waste in Singapore and we have been getting
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Inter-Ministry Committee on Food Security (IMC-FS) was set up in 2012 in light of the increased food wastage in Singapore; 45% in the last 10 years. Not much has been seen or heard but some ideas for potential action plans would be to partner with supermarkets and have a reward system for supermarkets who are careful with how they recycle their food, perhaps ease up on taxation over companies that have low food wastage. 

 

The government should also have a tougher stand on food wastage in schools, with it being the place where young minds are nurtured and they are the "future of Singapore". Singapore is known for its many odd campaigns, such as the Singapore Kindness Movement, where they encourage Singaporeans to be kind to one another. Perhaps a campaign can be launched to go into schools and teach the young about food wastage, and how they can prevent it and be responsible. The Ministry Of Education can also award schools with a "green award" for schools that look towards creating a sustainable environment. They can also look at how they may want to re-size the plates of the canteen stalls to help with proportioning, and have a daily weigh in of food wastage from schools, and publish them online.  This might pressure schools to clean up their act and teach the kids about the importance of curbing food wastage. 

 

For the public, they could launch a programme just like the one I've loaded above, where they encourage Singaporeans to lose weight, and weigh in at different locations around Singapore, and with every improvement, they would be rewarded with cash and prizes. A similar programme that monitors food wastage in homes or F&B outlets may help to raise an awareness and encourage others to jump onto the bandwagon of curbing food wastage. 

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Food Wastage Footprint 2 - YouTube

www.fao.org/nr/sustainability/food-loss-and-waste Each year 30% of global food production is lost after harvest, or wasted in shops, households or catering s...
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USD $750 billion worth of food is wasted every year. Even, if you are not big on the idea of food conversation or the cause of the poor, perhaps environmental impact, saving money, creating a sustainable environment might strike a chord. 

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Sam and Esther - YouTube

One of two scenes....watch the follow up entitled "Sam and Esther Follow Up Story." This is a scene from the film "The Fragrant Spirit of Life," a San Damian...
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This was a video I watched back in 2008, that really got me interested in the poverty that surrounds us. It sent me on my expedition around Southeast Asia to uncover the social issues for my personal awareness and led me to wanting to create an awareness for the the causes of the poor. It is ironic, how we have endless food networks, and shows that glory in food, while situations that are similar to this video are still happening right this second. It is interesting to see how a single biscuit, could give enough energy for the child to sit up, this single biscuit was precious, life and death to them, while to us would be nothing or scraps. Food wastage has become socially acceptable, that often we do not think twice about it, or we do not "feel bad". Perhaps this video may reawaken your senses and open your eyes to what your food wastage may mean to these people. And like the girl who was starving, yet when she first received the biscuit, she did not consume it but gave it to the younger sibling, would inspire us to the same and to share, what we've been blessed with. 

 

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LG Smart Refrigerator - Food Manager - YouTube

Welcome to the LG Customer Support Channel! This video will provide you with information on how to use the Food Manager feature on your LG Smart Refrigerator...
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Technologies such as these may be able to advice us perhaps on how much food is consumed and keep track of how slowly or quickly we consume our food before it expires, and alert us if an expiry date is approaching and for us to quickly eat that before we buy anything else and end up wasting food that was initially still edible. Technologies such as these could help sustain the culture of responsible food habits, and also allow us to be wiser and better consumers. 

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Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal - YouTube

Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it's inedible -- but because it doesn't look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the sh...
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Another potent advocate for curbing food wastage is the youth. Tristram Stuart at 15, began his journey on trying to stop food wastage. We understand that many companies and the media are constantly vying for the attention of the youth in order to stay ahead of their competitors and be on top of the economy. We can get the youths to spearhead this movement, pressurizing companies, restaurants, supermarkets to re-look at the way they treat food, and force the media and governments to talk about it, simply because of what is "trending" with the youths. Could we make curbing food wastage trend?  Even as simple as inspiring a few young people to head to their local markets or bakery to bring food to the poor and documenting it might be the the viral spark needed to uncover the dirt behind food wastage and the advocacy of having ethical and responsible practices within the food and F&B industry. If we talk about it enough, frown upon it enough, perhaps it could be become socially unacceptable., just as how seating on reserved seats on Singapore MRT trains have become amazingly now socially unacceptable not by the means of the government's campaigns but by the social media. Though I do not agree and dislike the MRT train saga, its a food for thought to think about how the same could be done for the practices on food wastage. 

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1 Million KG Challenge

1 Million KG Challenge | Curbing Food Wastage | Scoop.it
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This is a potential programme that the Singapore government can recreate with a different slant to try to curb food wastage in Singapore. Mentioned this below under "Insights on Food Waste in Singapore". We could have a national target of how much food we want to recycle or a target of how many kilograms of food wastage we saved. Allow individuals to do their bit and get rewarded for behaving responsibly. 

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Food Wastage in Singapore | Save Food Cut Waste

Food Wastage in Singapore | Save Food Cut Waste | Curbing Food Wastage | Scoop.it
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Starting with raising an awareness about food wastage may be in need at this point. Not much is said about food wastage, and especially in Singapore, it is socially accepted. With the exception of our mothers telling us not to waste food, there are countless practices in our society that encourages food wastage, from cultural practices, to business practices. What may be in order is raising an awareness first, followed by programmes and movements to educate Singaporeans about these irresponsible practices. I can identify with the bad habit of having an abundance of food laid out at the table during family events and dinners, and trying to change culture may be too huge an undertaking, however, educating the next few generations might help us to curb this problem in the long run. At this point, not much is said in the schools about food wastage, and perhaps what may be an interesting place to start investigating are school canteens and see the food wastage there. Addressing this issue with adults may not be well received by them and tough to convince/change, but perhaps seeing their own children behave in a similar manner may be a tough reality, and their responsibility to nurture and teach well, may help in seeing from our point of view on food wastage. 

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Furious World Tour | Biggest, Best and Most Famous Eats in NYC, Vegas and LA - Abenteuer Leben - YouTube

[TEAM FURIOUS APPAREL] ► http://www.furiouspete.com [SUBSCRIBE] to future videos ► http://bit.ly/Sub2FuriousPete In this Furious World Tour episode we go acr...
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This may seem like an exaggeration, however, I believe its an exact interpretation of how we treat food and the food culture around many developed countries. I share this content to show the contrast of the kind of realms we live in. Hopefully having watched both videos, the previous one (Sam and Esther - YouTube) as well as this one, will set you thinking and questioning of our behaviors, and has our idea of being developed, really brought us back to being primitive in our behaviors. There seems to be a fascination with big amounts of food, and in recent times, gourmet food has become such a demand. The food industry is growing, but what habits and ethics have we founded it upon. Just as businesses and different sectors of the industries hold certain moral codes, could we at this juncture set up certain taboos for the food sector in how the purchase, sell, consume, package and treat products?

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