but there are mountain of wasted produce…
What I realize the similarity in America and also modern developing country like Malaysia are facing the issue of HIDDEN HUNGER.
What I meant by hidden hunger is people who are missing meals.
Hunger for them is a way of saving money, people saving money for other expenses – choosing between food over rent or medical fees and many other reasons. When there is food insecurity, it can lead to a person unable to perform at works, and can lead to lost motivation, depression, obesity, and decrease in quality of life.
On the other side of the land, according to FAO 40% of vegetables and fruits go to waste. what is more serious is that 55% of vegetables and fruits are from Asia. It is illogical that still good excess produces that provide nutritions to our bodies are not connected to people who needs them, and all the fresh produces is at the landfill rooting. We can’t blame farmers or vegetable distributors completely. For them, it is extra cost and effort to spend and solve their excess produce. Sometimes, because produces doesn’t meet market cosmetic standard it is not profitable to for them harvest it
This said, having foods recovery redistribution organizations are important to connect excess food, feed to people who need them together with helping the environment by reducing the opportunity of produces end up in the landfill that cause methane gasses.
Food recovery like Produce Good have been practicing gleaning – activities that recover excess fruits from the private orchard and Produce Good also collect excess vegetables and fruits from farmers market every Sunday to redistribute to the food bank, University and small non-profit entities across San Diego.
We need to re-learn from the past of what has been forgotten in today’s generation that have potentially create a huge positive impact towards society and to our environment. For instance – GLEANING!
What is gleaning?
Gleaning came from biblical era, is either there are excess harvest from farmer who already made their profit or field that are not economically profitable to harvest and is left for widow, stranger and orphans for their daily foods.
How gleaning it is today
Like many private orchard owners in San Diego, it cost more for them to do something else with their harvest, therefore, instead of having fruits that provide nutrition to other end up in a landfill. Produce Good design a program where the volunteer can glean at private orchard.
I wanted to end my week 3 document with what U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “In a world of plenty, no one-not a single person-should go hungry”