OpenIDEO recently posted the food waste challenge. The brief paints a grim picture, several million people are malnourished while we waste food every day, draining our precious water and polluting our air. This affects all of us.
Socially, 800 million people are undernourished globally, and in the U.S. one in seven people are food insecure. Environmentally, food loss and waste is a massive resource drain, using 21% of U.S. fresh water and generating about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
How can we overcome this? How can we prevent more food waste? You can join our chapter and this global family by helping do the research. Help us explore the problem areas and discover opportunities for change.
TALK ABOUT THE REASONS
Let's face it, we could all do better. If we're not part of the solution we're part of the problem. We want you to have some candid conversations about the foods you waste.
Discuss food waste with peers at lunch or at dinner with your family. Discover the common reasons. Brainstorm ways you can disrupt these behaviors.
What could you be doing differently in your home?
Consider our restaurants and suppliers, do you ever see the waste that happens in banquet halls at weddings or in kitchens at stadiums? What can we design to change this? After discussing this with others, please take this one question survey, tell us the top three reasons your household wastes food.
SHARE A MEAL + GET UNWASTED
Is it possible to transform our relationship with food? What does it look like both in our homs and on a grand scale?
[Earn participation points!] Prepare a group meal and have this conversation with others. In your meal were you able to prevent waste, what did you do with your scraps? Tweet or Instagram us your photos using the hashtag #Unwasted. We want to see all the creative ways you prevented food waste.
There are 21 days left to participate in the research phase, let's contribute to the bigger picture. Let's get #unwasted!
Also, meet Swapna, Jake and Kate, the official cross pollinators for this challenge. They have high hopes for what comes out of this, and they're here to help us along the way. Thanks OpenIDEO!