Limiting and Mitigating Food Waste
Over the past few years, the issues of food waste have become an area of interest among scientists, activists, and consumers. People who intentionally discard edible items promote food waste. The large amounts of food wasted have significant effects on food security, the environment, and resource efficiency. The disposal of food waste ends up in landfills where it breaks down to produce greenhouse gases and methane that lead to climate change. Food waste endangers most people, and this calls for introduction of food waste legislation and awareness campaigns to limit food waste and mitigate its effects.
One issue that requires being addressed is household food waste.
Household food waste directly results from irresponsible human behavior. Over 80% of environmental researchers argue that food waste remains to be a societal issue created and prevented by people. Factors that contribute to household food waste are improper menu planning, poor culinary skills, unwise grocery shopping, and inadequate knowledge of food waste mitigation approaches by the users. Also, the low food cost valuation by consumers contributes to food waste. The issue of food waste exposes the society to excessive costs of food security and healthy living. The best strategies for limiting and mitigating food waste and its effects include:
- Introduce of food waste regulations by the government.
- Organization of awareness campaigns
- Enhancing responsible behaviors at both the individual and societal level
The United State Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service must introduce legislation that prohibits food wastage. The United State Environment Protection Agency must increase the budget for awareness campaigns to protect human health. The New York City Council must allocate more budget on relieving food to the poverty-stricken families.
- Contacts and Stakeholders:
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Washington, DC 20250
The USDA offers leadership on agriculture, food, and natural resources.
The United State Environment Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20460
The agency of the U.S government protects human health and their surroundings at large.
The New York City Council
West Offices, Station Rise,
IIa. Strategies and Action
Stakeholders’ strategies and actions of mitigating food wastage effects include involvement of the public in creating food wastage regulations to incorporate their opinions when establishing food protection laws. Stakeholders support and finances are crucial in the move to educate the civil society on matters food wastage. Using Facebook and other social media platforms for awareness campaigns will involve university students along with the locals, for three days and enhance public awareness about limiting food wastage and mitigating its effects.
In this period, we will do education campaigns to encourage individual responsiveness and lobby for more support from the council government regarding finances. Outreach missions will also be undertaken for purposes of emphasis. Also, we will gather signatures to use in petitioning for more funding by the government.
III. Letters and Petition
The New York City Council,
West Offices, Station Rise,
I hereby write to disclose my happiness of being part and parcel of the NY city member. However, the increased food waste by most people is my major concern. Petitions will be submitted to the NY city council. Increased instances of food wastage are contributing to food insecurity, environmental pollution, and resource inefficiency.
From my experience, organizing awareness campaigns help limit food waste instances and mitigate its effects the environment and on human health. These are appreciated by members of the society and greatly work in proper food usage.
Can the Council budget more funds to mitigate the sources of food wastage that contribute largely to food insecurity and environmental pollution. Most urban residents intentionally dump food waste, and this ends up in landfills where it breaks down to produce greenhouse gases and methane that lead to climate change.
Is this not the right time funds are required to promote responsible behavior and limit food waste? Please advise the council to allocate $300,000 to aid in organizing awareness campaigns to end the issue of food wastage and promote responsible societal behavior.
Looking forward to a prompt and positive response from your end
The undersigned humbly request that Mayor DeBlasio recommends for an increase in the funds allocated for public awareness campaigns in endeavors to limit food waste and mitigate its effects in the NY.
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