Food=Money

The other day I came across this short video and I thought it was so powerful in its message. For as long as I can remember I have been quite conscious regarding food waste particularly since a trip to Uganda with a charity called World Challenge. This trip gave me an insight into the inequalities in the world especially regarding water and food distribution.  ‘Don’t bin it, I’ll eat it’ are my common phrases. Personally, I just hate seeing food wasted into a bin when people in the world are starving. Therefore, I like to try hard to reduce food waste when cooking and occasionally burst my jeans button open so I dont have to see food go to waste. The statistic in this video is daunting in how much the waste of food impacts the economy.  Food really does equal money and this is a concept which isn’t realised enough globally. Videos like this are great at sharing awareness in trying to reduce this global problem particularly focusing at the catering and hospitality sector. 

Next time your cooking dinner just think will I eat all of this food? Next time you scrap your leftovers into the bin try and picture this video. If individually people take this new outlook then globally together this issue can be reduced. 

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  1. We live in a world where economies of scale have become such a factor in our daily lives that we are hardly aware of the consequences. Governments have become far too large and intrusive, corporations have become global, and even charities have become too large and corporate. Yes, the food stores do dispose of a great deal of food each day that could feed the homeless and the needy. But we have government regulations to protect the consumer that hinder the giving of such waste to charities and the needy. We have far too many lawyers ready to strike at any impropriety on behalf of their “clients” and in the process enrich themselves by taking a nice big percentage of the damage award.

    Our various societies used to be base on small business. Back when there were no giant food stores the cities and towns were filled with small independent greengrocers, butcher, dairy shops, soft goods and hard goods stores, and the like. Farms were much smaller that today and their output was far less. The exchange of goods and services tended to be small central markets in the less populated areas while in the larger cities the central market was a congregation of jobbers receiving the input from the countryside and distributing it to the merchants. But economists convinced us that economies of scale was the greatest benefit to mankind. Where charity was once a local affair and run by those people who knew who was needy and why wasn’t, it has become a very large impersonal business run not so much for the needy but for the benefit of those who work for it and especially those who direct its activities. I’ve never seen an executive of any charity who wasn’t making a very handsome living from that organization.

    Your studies in population and geography will show you the effects of this economic principle of economies of scale. Yes, it brings us goods at cheaper prices but it extracts a price. Often times that price is unemployment or dislocation of employment. Yes, it’s nice that the executives of large food stores have a pang of guilt about food wastage. But perhaps they should take less salary and bonus, giving the difference to charity. Enjoy Australia, I here it’s an interesting place.

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