Target: United Nations Environmental Program Executive Director, Achim Steiner
Goal: Applaud the UN for introducing a campaign to reduce food waste and end hunger
The United Nations has launched a campaign to reduce food waste in order to help combat the environmental and economic problems caused by discarding edible food. More importantly, because there would be enough food to feed the entire world population if so much of it did not go to waste, this campaign has the potential to address the problem of hunger that affects people throughout the world.
The UN introduced this campaign after a study found that half of the food produced in the world does not end up being eaten. While agricultural businesses are largely responsible for using wasteful methods of food production, the campaign plans to focus on helping markets, restaurants, and consumers reduce their food waste.
The campaign aims to change the way people in industrialized countries view food, since so much of it is thrown away due to unnecessarily high standards for the physical appearance of the food. Markets know that consumers will not buy produce that is not aesthetically pleasing, so the markets themselves throw away edible food, or farms throw it away because they know the markets will not buy it. The campaign hopes to encourage consumers to change their standards for judging the quality of food so that less food will be discarded.
The UN is encouraging the contribution of ideas from local organizations for using food more economically. For example, an organization in Atlanta, Georgia helps restaurants eliminate all of their food waste by encouraging them to donate extra food, compost food scraps, and save used oil that can be used as biofuel. The compost and used oil can be sold to community residents, which brings more customers to the restaurants, ensuring that there will be motivation for the restaurants owners to participate.
Agricultural businesses claim that in order to feed the world’s population, more food must be produced. However, there is already enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world. If the UN also focuses on encouraging big agricultural businesses to stop wasting resources and harming the environment, the campaign could have a significant impact. Support this campaign and encourage the UN to call on big businesses to join the fight to reduce their environmental impact and end hunger throughout the world.
Dear Achim Steiner,
The campaign that the UN recently introduced to help reduce food waste has the potential to end hunger, significantly reduce our impact on the environment, and address economic problems. The campaign has already started making helpful suggestions for individuals and businesses to reduce their food waste. Hopefully, organizations that have been addressing the issue of food waste locally will contribute their expertise on the subject so that their ideas can be used in more communities throughout the world.
Although individuals and small businesses can benefit from this campaign and learn to reduce their food waste, agricultural businesses should not be permitted to continue using methods that save them money while harming the environment and wasting resources. The UN should be applauded for launching this campaign, but it should address the waste that big businesses create in addition to focusing on individuals, markets, and restaurants.
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