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Food & Hunger

What did you learn about dietary choices from using the footprint calculator? Now imagine that you could translate what you learned into an effective societal policy on food- what would it be? And how would this policy effect the need to alleviate world hunger?

925 million people on earth do not have enough to eat according to the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization]. That's almost 1 in 7 inhabitants of our planet!

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Food & Hunger

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Randymanuel.c   Yesterday 02:27:19
My suggestion

I would use more sustainable means of transports such as bicycles,use electronic transport of walking and a vold talking.Public transports as It uses less fvel

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Aloo   2021-10-16 17:56:10
Growing food

As you may or may not know just having food increases our carbon footprint quite a bit. Part of it might because most food we get is not local and has to be drove or even taken on boats here from all over the world. What we can do better is start to  grow our own food or buying local when the option is available.

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Ryse   2021-10-15 20:02:55
Fresh Grown Produce

If our produce was freshly grown and not pounded with pesticides or chemicals to make it grow faster and look more appetizing, then we would not have as many pollutants. Freshly grown produce would most likely make humans emit less, or cause less issues with the emissions. We could not solve the issue of the items we use and their emissions, but gases emitted by humans also create a problem.

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Ben Castillo   2021-10-15 19:31:00
Stop food waste

Every year a lot of food that is still fresh and edible is being thrown out to the trash. Why isnt this food being given to the  poor or the people who cant dont have easy access to food? This need to change and now.

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Bryson D.   2021-10-11 19:03:52
Eat your produce students!

As a student, I way too often see uneaten fruits or vegetables simply being thrown away after someone "finishes" their lunch at school. This is bad for multiple reasons: One, fruits and vegetables are a necessity for a healthy and nutritious meal. While you don't necessarily need to have some every meal, it's important that by the end of the day, your vitamin and mineral needs have been satisfied by the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, when a student skips their produce, they are skipping on these vital nutrients that they depend on to being a fully functioning and healthy being. That's not to mention the valuable energy that fruits and vegetables bring to the table. Two, there are so many malnourished people in the world that would've gone to extreme measures just for a fresh apple that some student may have thrown away. It's an indirect spit in the face for them every single time a piece of fresh produce is wasted. Third, and the reason why you're here right now, climate change and the environment. There's a ton of energy and water that get put into growing, harvesting, transporting, and packaging the produce; all of which contribute to climate change. We not only waste a valuable source of food and energy when we throw away produce, but also all of the precious energy and water put into the whole produce process. Plus, a lot of the produce that gets thrown away eventually winds up in the landfill, which then contributes to the production of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.
I hope that with all of this being said, you at least think twice before throwing away the apple you didn't finish at lunch, or perhaps didn't even touch. Or pack of carrots. Or corn. Or whatever it may be.

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Robin Da Bank   2021-10-11 18:39:29
Stop ittttt

Students throwing away school food that they don't eat. This is a two way issue, it is the school's , and the student's. Some schools force the students to grab vegetables/fruit, then the student eats the main part of the meal, and just throw away sometimes completely unopened food. A way to fix this is to stop the schools from forcing students to grab something they aren't going to eat anyway. Also, stopping the students from throwing away food they aren't  going to eat, and instead put it into a bucket or something to save it.

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palli   2021-10-11 04:55:06
people throwing food away unnecessarily

people are always throwing away food. although they dont need to. They throw away food for no reason because they can not finish it. My advice is to get less on the plate instead of trowing the food away.

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londale   2021-10-11 04:48:50
Food and hunger

I grew up having to push hard for food often times. I try to never waste a kibble. I known what it feels like to be so hungry and watch restaurants toss out so much food at nights end. It's very difficult to pay attention in school with hunger pains.
I'm unsure about other countries but here in the good 'ol USA, there is soooo much unnecessary food waste. A lot of the bigger eateries & establishments will toss orders that weren't picked up or plates returned by an unsatisfied customer, etc. before they will give it away. Humanitarianism is terrible for capitalism.
Always be thankful for what you have, and never take for granted the unfavorable meals your parents may serve. There are so many who go so hungry because they don't have that luxury. I often woke up wondering where my next meal was coming from. But hey, I was grateful to be waking up in a bed, under a roof.

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Maddyyyyyyyy   2021-10-06 12:18:01 (Last post: 2021-10-10 22:18:03)
Food and Greenhouse Gases

which food source is most affected by greenhouse gases, how does that affect us as humans?

kristy_y   2021-10-10 22:18:03

i think its cows because we feed them corn and its not their natural food they would normally eat. It also causes them to discreate air out of their behind more often creating more greenhouse gases

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Hildur   2021-10-06 07:42:09 (Last post: 2021-10-10 14:40:29)
Some throw food away while others don't have any

I think it is absurd that some people have so much food that they trow half of it away while others don’t have enough to feed themselves or their families. We should focus more on finding a solution where we use all of the resources we produce instead of trowing so much away. That creates a lot of food waste that is also negative for our environment.

Horit   2021-10-07 08:54:10

Yeah I don't really get it either, and I hope it changes soon.

clarkc2969   2021-10-07 10:13:07

I agree. Places like restaurants that throw away half of a meal when at least some part of it can still be eaten isn't right. I understand if it is just a couple grains of rice or something, but if someone only eats part of a meal it should be saved for someone else to it, or at least some new system.

akhavane0593   2021-10-07 10:13:44

I have seen schools do this. Some kids don't touch their food and trow it away and schools never tell us what to do with them. We should have a place in school to put the food we don't eat for the other kids that don't have lunch or the student that want them we should not waste. There are people in other countries that don't have food to eat. So we should care more about the environment.

alis9277   2021-10-07 10:17:38

I agree it is absurd but how do you suppose we could change this?

akhavane0593   2021-10-07 10:22:08

I have seen schools do this. Some kids don't touch their food and trow it away and schools never tell us what to do with them. We should have a place in school to put the food we don't eat for the other kids that don't have lunch or the student that want them we should not waste. There are people in other countries that don't have food to eat. So we should care more about the environment.

Julian James-Jardines   2021-10-07 10:24:58

I agree with this it is really sad how people take advantage of the ability to access food while other are struggling to find what to eat for that day.

Muhammad R   2021-10-07 10:26:35

I agree but some people just don't care to think of the harm that could come out of what they're doing.

Ben Castillo   2021-10-07 10:27:53

some companies see the people who struggle with obtaining food and just throw out the fresh food away, its absurd how they do this and not give it back to communities.

TheSiab-M2182   2021-10-07 12:52:35

Schools don't monitor whether or not children eat their lunches. Most of it just gets throw away and isn't even saved for later. Kids in other countries starve and try each day to survive while those who have it all aren't being thankful at all.

Shril   2021-10-07 13:44:34

I agree, but the thing is I don’t really think someone's gonna participate in this action. However, if we push this thought enough, many people will begin to think about and it and try to find another solution.

wiggina   2021-10-07 17:37:33

I agree, to add on to this there should be an organization of some sort to make sure that food waste is kept or recycled. Restaurants should have to either donate thrown out food to charity, with an exception made to food that is harmful, or give it out to customers for free.

shaun_s   2021-10-07 21:43:30

I completely agree. I think places like restaurants and schools should have compost bins for food customers or students don't eat. It recycles the food so it doesn't go to waste. An incentive for companies to do this might be selling the compost  to make even more money, but even then, I don't think they would be onboard with the idea because it might not fit in with how they want people to view their company.

Mia Orta   2021-10-10 14:40:29

I agree. I've seen schools and restaurants throw away a lot of excess food. Large companies do the same and its extremely wasteful especially when so many people have nothing to eat.

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poptart234   2021-10-09 14:42:43
Lower your food waste.

According to the Washington Post, Americans waste on average 40% of the food they buy. People should organize their fridges regularly and be sure to check what they already have before heading to the grocery store. When shopping at your local market, low-priced deals might catch your eye and tempt you into buying the product. However, in these situations, you must be sure that it's something you'll surely eat or it'll become another contribution to national food waste rates. Other ways to lessen the waste are reusing leftovers, freezing food (if possible) in order to preserve it, and take home oversized restaurant leftovers.

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Muhammad R   2021-10-08 20:10:47 (Last post: 2021-10-08 23:59:20)
There's plenty of food for all of us, but why does world hunger exist?

There are some people with too much food (people that don't care to think to throw away the half eaten meal or give it to someone who needs it) and there are others that have very little or none at all. We are more than 2 billion people away from the carrying capacity of humans on Earth but there are still people that can't find enough food to survive.

SophieF   2021-10-08 23:59:20

I agree Muhammad. A main form a waste that I constantly notice is food waste. After school lunch, the trash is filled with food that is either half eaten, or possibly not eaten at all. It is important to reduce the amount of food we throw away because not only are people starving, but the food will get packed into our landfills (and without the correct measures, they wont be able to compost).

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Franck_987   2021-09-30 14:37:14 (Last post: 2021-10-08 22:35:57)
Food CarbonFootprint

We need to pay attention to what we eat, to reduce carbon footprint.

mgasparac(Canada)   2021-10-01 14:12:31

I totally agree. I think we should all have diets with less meat. The more meat we eat, the more we affect the world. We should all consider going vegetarian then slowly ease into a vegan diet which will be better than vegetarian. It will help the world and it will also help our health.

Tysoneng   2021-10-01 14:22:21

I agree I think that if you are gonna move into a vegan diet it is hard and will take a lot of time which is why not to many people have done it so. I think that people should just have at least 1 or 2 days of vegan meals and that will make a big difference.

DesmondT (Canada)   2021-10-01 14:23:00

I agree but I don't think it is necessary to go full vegan. As long as we (humans) reduce our consumption of meat at a sustainable rate that should be enough to reduce our carbon footprint.

Naomimcm(canada)   2021-10-02 00:02:35

I agree and disagree, Yes it would be good to eat a couple meals a week that are vegetarian, and it would be great to have the world go mostly vegetarian. In reality that won't happen, there are many cultures that have certain traditions around meet and many holiday calibrations, like thanksgiving. So I think that a more realistic idea would be to have a more sustainable way of producing the meat, if we were to feed it seed instead of clear cut forests for grass fed cows. There are also scientist who are working on ways to trap the methane that cows release and turn it into energy.
So, yes we should all try to eat less meat, but not necessarily go vegetarian.

APrins   2021-10-08 01:36:43

Coming from a culture that eats a lot of meat (at least once a day), I would agree with Naomi.  Doing away with meat won't be an easy task.  Rather finding sustainable ways of producing meat seams like a viable option.

APrins   2021-10-08 01:43:25

Coming from a culture that eats a lot of meat (at least once a day), I would agree with Naomi.  Doing away with meat won't be an easy task.  Rather finding sustainable ways of producing meat seams like a viable option.

YCUL   2021-10-08 22:35:57

I believe that maintaining a vegetarian diet is not too difficult. However, transitioning every person to a strictly plant-based diet would be a great challenge. I agree that the best way to help this issue is by taking steps towards a more sustainable meat industry.

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YCUL   2021-10-08 22:17:41
Meat Industry’s impact on the environment

According to LA times, one burger takes 660 gallons of water to make. This is very dangerous especially with the current drought we are experiencing in California. I believe that if people are able to slightly reduce their consumption of meat, it could make a great impact on our environment.

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JuAn Gonzalez   2021-10-08 21:48:14
Take out food

Do you think it is really necessary to get fast food every day of the week? Instead of buying fast food every day you can buy groceries or even grow your own food. Which could be more healthy for you instead of eating fast food daily.

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ScreenName3507   2021-10-07 12:39:36 (Last post: 2021-10-08 20:45:58)
Food Waste During the Pandemic

Due to many restaurants shutting down, a lot of excess food was produced by farmers. This excess food had nowhere to go, so many suppliers destroyed their crop. After this, they kept producing in order to not be left behind in case business would start back up again. While it would theoretically be impossible to put all of it to use, the absolute waste of food that could be given to those who need it was disheartening to see. This repeating cycle also contributed to the greenhouse effect without any benefit to humans whatsoever.

katherinefc   2021-10-08 20:45:58

Wow, I didn't even consider the effect the pandemic had on food waste. I completely agree with you; the food should have been given to those in need.

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TarunKommoju   2021-10-08 16:50:19
Change the way you eat, make it easier to breath

Stop eating non-veg, the meat may be transported from different places. Forests are being cut down to feed the animals and the processing meat also emits a lot of carbon dioxide, not including the transportation . What I mean to say is that you don’t have to stop completely, reducing the amount you eat, will have a big effect.

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Anastasia575   2021-10-08 14:14:53
Fast Food

Okay so we all know fast food is bad for us and the energy it takes up to make it. It would be better for us to reduce it but its "addicting" in a way we all like it so it'll be hard to stop.

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akhavane0593   2021-10-07 20:53:13
a lot waste

I'll never understand how we can keep consuming, buying, and discarding things while there are those on the other side of the world who have nothing.

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ndkn on MC   2021-10-07 19:11:13
Thoughts on how we deal with food

"925 million people on earth do not have enough to eat according to the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization]. That's almost 1 in 7 inhabitants of our planet!". To put that into perspective, around TWELVE percent of the human population doesn't have enough to eat. That saddens me because a lot of people are wasteful with their food, as of recent. A decent amount of foods that are produced, have some sort of preservatives or are genetically modified. I think that we, as a species can do better, and should do better with how they deal with food. For example, if you have... fruits in a "fruit bowl", or in a refrigerator, don't just let it sit there and rot, as that would be wasting. It doesn't seem like a lot, but if you eat that brown banana, or that bruised apple, you would be helping the environment a lot.

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tajee   2021-10-07 13:47:31
Farm to Fork

I live in a city where a lot of schools claim to do farm to fork or all of our produce is locally grown but, we only get things like local apples and oranges. We could also be getting lunches made with the produce items that we get from local farms.

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C5753   2021-10-07 13:39:07
Please stop using plastic bags

Many students bring their lunch to school. In these school lunches, you will usually find tiny plastic bags. These bags are horrible for the environment, taking many years to decompose. Instead of using these bags, you should use Tupperware containers, they are easy to clean and usually have compartments, making it easy to pack lunch and keep the environment healthier!

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Hannah Le   2021-10-07 13:38:25
The Domino Effect of Food

The fast food industry has increased over the years valiantly. It stops people from buying locally and investing into mass-produced, not good for your health, food. This involves in them growing more, and it's estimated that if we continue, it will be our main source of food. Hunger can be fulfilled in better ways then fast food. Though it's cheap, you can buy bulk for a good price that can worth MORE then 20 big macs and better for your health AND environment.

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crawfish09   2021-10-07 12:26:20 (Last post: 2021-10-07 12:39:16)
Patience with Food Production

As the human population has grown and evolved, our demand for nicer things is at a standing point. For instance, we want to have the best tasting food, right this moment, not caring how much it affects the planet. We force farmers to overpack animals just for them to meet product demands. I am in no way trying to pressure anyone into becoming vegan or vegetarian, I believe in eating whatever you want. What I am trying to get across is that we as consumers need to be flexible in our wants and needs if we want to keep the environment healthy and safe.

shrimps07   2021-10-07 12:39:16

I agree. We shouldn't feel that we always have to have the most and nicest things, and we need to be flexible. Our environment is a priority.

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