Does your food-waste affect the starving child in Africa?

Hei Ryders,

I published what I hope would be the first of many articles on medium. It’s about trying to make a better world starting, of course, with the easiest bit - learning about our impact and realizing the power we have, even as individuals.

The goal of my articles will be to empower people to live sustainably instead of forcing them to. I’ve been told by some that my way of motivating others towards living sustainably is kind and positive, so I’m hoping it’ll make a small impact in writing too.

I apologize in advance for using the generalization “starving children in Africa”. It refers to any population far away in need of help and is really just a simplification, like “speaking Chinese”.

Hope to get your comments on this.



Hello Puja, indeed you have a very friendly way of persuading others of ecological living practices :slight_smile: I’m curious how your series of articles will proceed.

Some more substantial feedback below:

  • "Supply and demand." I think this thought (that consumers steer capitalists by their demand) is the strongest idea in your article. Capitalists won’t care for ethical or unethical foods but about demand … including demand for ethical foods. No amount of certification can force big business permanently into producing ethical food (see “greenwashing”, “fairwashing” etc.). But buying from small businesses, coops and local businesses as much as possible will already help a good deal …

  • Consumption and shopping. You write:

    The way we consume shapes the way we shop. If we consume mindlessly, we shop mindlessly.

    The reverse is also true: the way we shop shapes the way we consume. Because (for the example of food), we can only eat what we purchased and brought to the house. I use this as my major tool of healthy eating: being mindful during one hour of shopping allows to not think much while cooking and eating. I basically create a behavior setting for myself.

  • Making it practical. Once your readers understood that shopping is about moral decisions, it would be great if you’d offer them practical steps and tools for that. I know of Buycott and Open Food Facts, for example. You will have your own tools and tips, and I’m curious to read about them.

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