30 to 50% of the foodstuff is thrown away in wealthy nations. In contrast, poverty and hunger are plaguing the Global South. While poverty hits more than 50% of the global population, hunger peaked at 1 billion people in 2010. People go hungry not because there is not enough food, but because they cannot afford it. Hunger is a crime of imbalanced development propagated by the institutions that govern it; it is a systemic error that costs human and animal lives as well as vital environmental resources. It is an enormous problem, hard to grasp in its full extend.
In Freegan Kolektiva we want to draw attention to the problem. We want to encourage the recovery of discarded foods and a parallel voluntary non-participation to the systemic error mentioned above. When we throw food in the trash, we throw away valuable resources that have an inherent value as well as a value for people that could potentially use them. It is unacceptable to discard food when others are needy.
Instead of the usual ‘super-shopping’ (supermarkets, overconsumption etc.) we propose ethical, minimal consumption and we especially support viable alternatives at the local level e.g. farmer-consumer platforms, sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty worldwide .
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