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TASK 2 WASTE NOT, WANT NOT LEE KIM
2 MAY 2012 MDM YEO SIOK CHIN
(I) Choice of Topic Waste not, Want not Food wastage has been a problem over the years, the Americans waste about fifty percent of their food yearly. (Fig 1.) Food gets wasted because too much was prepared or it was not consumed before the expiry date. Food waste is harmful to the environment and contributes to climate changes because of the greenhouse gases emitted (Fig. 2) from rotting food.
Fig. 1: Amount of food the USA waste yearly (Source: TreeHugger)
Fig. 2: Greenhouse Gases emissions (Source: envrionmentalleader.com)
Present and Future Impact of Food Wastage Methane, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide, is generated from decomposed food and contributes to global warming.1If we stopped throwing out edible food, the impact it would have on emissions would be equivalent to taking 1 in 5 cars off the road. Food wastage is a waste of money, about 2$30 billion worth of food is thrown out yearly. 3Five percent of wasted food in America could feed 4 million people for one day. It also adds on to the 4excess consumption of freshwater and fossil fuels (primary raw materials for production of food) which will cause an impact on global climate change. As the world's population continues to grow, there may not be enough food to feed everyone in the future. There might be a shortage of raw materials and global warming will worsen.
Rachel Oliver, All About: Food Waste (22 January 2008) Rachel Oliver, All About: Food Waste (22 January 2008) 3 Rachel Oliver, All About: Food Waste (22 January 2008) 4 Greenmuze, Effects of Food Waste (3 December 2009)
Highlighting the Problem of Food Wastage to the American Citizens Objective: To make citizens realize that while they are wasting food, there are people around the world suffering from famine. Plan: Have photos of famine victims (Fig. 3) and messages such as 'Think of Others, Buy What You Need' printed on posters, plastic bags and commonly wasted food Fig.3: Famine victims (Source: africaisdonesuffering.com) packaging. Place posters around supermarkets to remind the Americans not to overbuy. The Americans may feel a sense of guilt when they see the posters and will buy less, reducing the chances of them wasting food.
Ways to Reduce Food Wastage o A limit can be set on the how much of the commonly wasted food can be bought per household. This way, people will not buy more than they need. o Increased food prices will result in people thinking twice before buying and hence the underconsumption of food can be reduced. o Children can taught through gardening programmes that food is not something that should be wasted. o A programme that sends a group of people to collect food that are nearing its expiry date and then donating them to old folks home or the needy weekly.
(II) Reasons for Choice of Topic By reducing food wastage, it ensures the best use of raw materials such as water and also reduces greenhouse gases emissions. If food wastage continues, the future generation will suffer the consequences such as not having enough food to feed everyone. Hence, reducing food waste is essential.
(III) Feasibility and Manageability of Project This project can be a great help to the environment as it lessens the impact caused my food wastage. If everybody contributes a little, the project will be feasible
(IV) Accessibility of Information An article on food wastage is needed to serve as a reminder about food wastage.
About Food Waste (n.d) Retrieved on 25 March 2012 from http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/about-food-waste All About: Food Waste. (22 January 2008) Retrieved on 25 March 2012 from http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/09/24/food.leftovers/index.html#cnnSTCText Effects of Food waste. (3 December 2009) Retrieved on 25 March 2012 from http://www.greenmuze.com/nurture/urban/1914-effects-of-food-waste-.html Perspectives: Reducing Food Waste. (August 2011) Retrieved on 8 April 2012 from http://www.nourishlife.org/2011/08/reducing-food-waste/ The Impact of Food Waste on Climate Change (And Just About Everything Else) ( 5 March 2010). Retrieved on 25 March 2012 from http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/theimpact-of-food-waste-on-climate-change-and-just-about-everything-else.html Waste Land: Does the Large Amount of Food Discarded in the U.S. Take a Toll on the Environment? (3 March 2010) Retrieved on 25 March 2012 from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=earth-talk-waste-land Why Massive Food Waste Is cause for global concern. ( 27 May 2011) Retrieved on 8 April 2012 from http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/why-massive-food-waste-is-cause-forglobal-concern.html