Food Liberation Front

“It is almost fashionable these days to condemn the benefit claimant as contributing nothing to society, but why will government not help us address the determinants of personal crises – and particularly mental-illness-related poverties – once and for all, moving beyond the provision of short-term solutions to those most desperate for change? Offering more intensive support would help people take steps in rebuilding their fractured lives and give them the tools – professional, nutritional and emotional – to retake control of their future. It would cost for sure, but would prove an investment that could reap countless benefits.” Jonathan Williams [1]

Few facts and figures are necessary for a better view of the issue [2]:

  • Each year 1.3bn tons of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted, including about 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35
    % of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, 20% of dairy products and 20% of meat
  • About 1.4bn hectares, or close to 30% of available agricultural land, is used to grow or farm food that is subsequently wasted.

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This is clear and dramatic enough…now let the (h)eart(h)speaks.

Currently, we have an incredible amount of orphaned vegetables, fruits, bread and more food. All this abandoned food from our tables, anxiously waiting to meet its “merciful” fate, has its own right to be eaten in a proper and fair way. Indeed, all these goodies have been waiting, longing, for our hungry stomachs as a lover under the Tour Eiffel. They really do not deserve neither to be trashed away nor to have a cruel end. Ugly and horrid food can become that tasty and yummy meal that you have always dreamt about. It can offer some exquisite revolutionary meal from the bites of food that would have otherwise ended up in the bin.

If we are what we eat, the conclusion is quite obvious: stand up for our rights, stand up for food rights! What can we do then as individuals, students, workers, community? The empire of food calls for our service.

Setting up a food bank, wherever we live, is a good starting point. Harvesting the unwanted food from your table, the local market, the closest supermarket is economic, quick and environmentally friendly. Food bank it might be done either individually or, why not, as a community. People can either pick up the food and play with themselves or create a collective to upcycle them into delicious dishes!

Indeed, Food Bank is just a conceptual idea to bring undesired food and people together on a cozy room of passionate inspiration, through which food can be spared, ideas shared and the hungry cared for. [3]

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Be a food hero has never been so easy, the only task we have to accomplish is not to throw away leftovers.

In the end, we are what we waste.

Anthea Vigni

[1] http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/20/food-bank-users-suffer-more-from-shame-than-from-hunger

[2] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2015/aug/12/produced-but-never-eaten-a-visual-guide-to-food-waste

[3] http://hetlandhuis.org/wordpress/172-2/foodbank-maastricht/

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