What possibilities are there to improve food security in rich and poor…
What possibilities are there to improve food security in rich and poor countries
in the us, roughly 40% of all the food produced never gets eaten.
over 165561215.05 kg everyday
however, one in eight americans still don't have a steady supply of food everyday
if global food waste were a country, it would the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
a family of four spends approximately $1500 on food they don't eat every year
problems and the solutions
apparently, part of the reason we buy so much food is because we want the option of having anything to eat and that don't like the white or empty space in our refrigerators.
smaller refrigerators could easily solve that issue. Small enough to hold all of our food, without the extra space that encourages people to buy more than they need to.
smaller fridges also need less effort and resources to create them, also lessening the impact it has on climate change.
the average diner plate has also grown by 36% since 1960
with larger plates, people tend to put more food on it, whether or not they need or can actually eat it all.
at UC Santa Barbara, in 2009, they stopped using trays in the cafeteria for students to place food onto. with the 14 by 18 inch trays, people would feel the need to load it up.
students can still take as much food as they want, they just don't have a tray to pile it all on.
the food waste per person, per tray, was reduced by 50 percent.
with the number of meals the cafeteria would serve, this greatly reduced waste and food cost
at restaurants and fast food places, there are enormous food portion sizes
this subtly encourages us to eat more and waste more food in turn.
at UC Santa Barbara, they started to properly proportion their meals and the food on offer. Students could take as many portions as they liked, however the portions were designed to the how much we actually need.
this also helped to greatly reduce food waste
MIT has a foodcam, which a person turns on and places their leftover food in front of
the camera then sends a notification through an emailing list and several other platforms with a message to come and eat
any one who comes can have it and the food is often completely distributed and eaten within minutes
often after events
Similar to this, however, on a larger scale is Copia, a company that collects and redistributes food, based in California
when someone has extra food, or a company does, they simply type their information into the app and a driver will come by to pick it up and take it to shelters that need it
after the superbowl 50, four sixteen foot refrigerated trucks were filled to the absolute brim with left over food
it fed 23,000 people in 2 days
it wasn't popcorn and hotdogs either, there were high quality foods such as $300 cheeses, lobsters rolls and pulled pork sandwiches.