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The real cost of global food

The real cost of global food | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it

Global food prices are soaring again; the price of corn and wheat surged by almost 50 per cent in recent months. There is growing fear that, like 2008, this will lead to riots and social unrest in poorer countries. While we, in the West, wonder what we will have for dinner, almost half of humanity is unsure whether it will have any dinner at all.


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Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability | Platform for ...

Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability | Platform for ... | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it

Our food systems are no longer sustainable. On our current trajectory, severe disruptions to national and regional food systems are highly probable – the question is when. This report focuses on vital areas of risk and offers a ...


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Vancouver to expand food scrap recycling citywide

Vancouver to expand food scrap recycling citywide | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it

This should be a model for ALL cities ....

 

The City of Vancouver will expand food scraps collection to all single family and duplex homes early in 2013.

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SplurgeDIY fungi garden offers easy entry into indoor urban farming - Toronto Star

SplurgeDIY fungi garden offers easy entry into indoor urban farming - Toronto Star | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it
Toronto StarSplurgeDIY fungi garden offers easy entry into indoor urban farmingToronto StarThis is indoor urban farming at its easiest.
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TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria

Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of he...
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The Global Food Waste Scandal

TED Talks 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 shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

 

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perpective on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, TED, video, unit 5 agriculture.


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:13 PM

Ted explains it well how we all waste perfectly good food that people would like to eat. Also it was amazing how much food was in the dumpsters that was just a day or week old. That meat could feed hundreds of people that are struggling to eat and all that meet to waste. 

megan b clement's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:51 AM

Ted talks about just how wasteful our planet is. How we just ignore the issue and act like it will  not affect us in the future. When he shows you video and pictures of massive piles of the ends of a loaf of bread or all the food that Stop and Shop throws out because it does not "look" good for the customer. How every little bit of help counts you can try to make a little bit of an effort to be less wasteful. We have so much unnecessary waste. Like when he uses the example of how many people throw away the ends of a loaf of bread then he shows the waste of the ends of bread in massive piles it makes you sick. Especially with all of the hungry people in the world we need to be more resourceful.

 

 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:13 PM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 


Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, TED, video, unit 5 agriculture.

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GMOs and Prop 37: Protecting Your Right to Know, Protecting Your Health

GMOs and Prop 37: Protecting Your Right to Know, Protecting Your Health | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it
Independent doctors and scientists have warned about health and environmental risks from GMO foods, yet our federal regulators have let us down us by allowing these risky new foods to go unlabeled.

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The farm on top of the city - Macleans.ca

The farm on top of the city - Macleans.ca | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it
The farm on top of the cityMacleans.caWhat makes it different is its urban setting—and that it's an example of a new crop of urban farming businesses growing as numerous as early summer radishes across the continent, which are trying to prove that...
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Can we feed an ever more crowded, hungrier, and less spacious world? - The Guardian (blog)

Can we feed an ever more crowded, hungrier, and less spacious world? - The Guardian (blog) | Food Inquiry | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)Can we feed an ever more crowded, hungrier, and less spacious world?The Guardian (blog)This is not to say that we do not need to produce more food.
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