3.100.000 children die each year because they didn’t have enough to eat (UNICEF, 2018a).
3.100.000 times mothers went into labor unaware of the fact that they will lose their baby to malnutrition.
Think of all the untouched cribs, the blank schoolbooks, the first kisses that never were. The graduation hats that never flew into the air and all the teachers, scientists, poets and heroes humanity could have won. All the laughter that will never sound on Earth.
Think of the books that could have been written by the people that starved to death. Books your children might have read well fed and healthy, growing up in a society that throws away 3.1. billion tons of food within the very same year. While 66.000.000 primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the world.
Did you know the food wasted by the United States and Europe alone could feed the world 3 times over?
Attempts are being made every single day to decrease these numbers: by individuals, organisations and even governments.
For instance, in 2016 the French parliament decided:
- to fine supermarkets which throw away edible food products
- to strengthen their collaboration with charities in order to establish regular food donation contracts.
In his short TEDxLA Talk Arash Derambarsh elaborates on why the fight against malnutrition simultaneouly is a fight against food waste and asks for international support: to the organisations and to the governments who care.
And you? Simply try to care. As much as you can.
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