Is your food waste contributing to world hunger?

According to Love Food Hate Waste “the UK throws away 7 million tonnes of food away every year, half of which was still good to eat”. Such figures are hard to comprehend on the face of it, and might make some actually feel less guilty about not finishing up their leftovers; because well…everybody else is doing the same, what does my waste matter?

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7 million tonnes of food away every year, half of which was still good to eat

However, when viewed alongside figures from the World Food Programme that “795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead an active healthy life”, it puts the reality of food waste in this country in a global context. Most of these people are from developing countries, and the stark contrast between their lack of food and our over-abundance is a reminder of why food waste is symptomatic of far bigger global issues.

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While many are throwing food away others are going to sleep hungry

Food waste is therefore not just an environmental issue it is a moral issue. Most people in the UK or other developed countries will no doubt identify with pangs of hunger, when their daily life delays the ability to eat for longer than their body cares. But imagine that being a daily or hourly occurrence, spread over not just a few days, but over weeks, months and years. This is even more distressing when processed alongside an awareness of our own food profligacy.

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795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead an active healthy life

In truth, one can’t really ‘imagine’ that, it can only be understood when lived. But one can imagine how much food they waste a day or week, and then times that by the 64 million odd people who also have access to the UK’s food abundance to realise that in our globalised world. Not to mention the fact that many of these so called developed countries only have such plentiful resources by buying cheap commodities from these developing countries where food waste is only a sick dream or nightmare.

As somebody who is forever questioning and always searching for some form of answer, however limiting it will be, I am already certain that no answer to why this reality exists is morally ok, regardless of what moral compass you live by.

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The impact of food waste

This is exactly why I am getting involved in Zero Waste Week, and have pledged to reduce my own food waste at home. Because I’m sure we are all too aware that a small morsel of food waste may mean nothing in the grander scheme of things to us, but when it is times by 64 million it is a stark reminder that every bit of food could mean life or death for others.

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High Heels: A Health Hazard or a Question of Freedom?

Driving home from work yesterday I flicked on the radio for some solace to the disaster of a day which I had dreamt my way through, only for my ire to be raised a further notch. A story reported that a female receptionist had been sent home for refusing to wear high heels. You can read and hear more about the story here.

I must confess I am biased in this situation. I absolutely hate high heels. They have never suited me, and to be honest the random looks from strangers made me uncomfortable. Overall though my overriding perceptual experience was “wow these are uncomfortable, why would anybody EVER where them?”

I clearly support the right of anybody to refuse to wear high heels at work or any other time, and think an employer insisting upon it absurd and should not be legal, they are bloody SHOES people…get over it! (Sign the petition here!) But for me it opens a wider issue of why ANYBODY would wear high heels EVER?

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