Food wastes have been global issue; people in developed countries take in the most of the food in the world, and people in developing areas are lacking with the enough amount of food for survival.
To what extent making food wastes into valuable products the best solution for reducing food wastes?
In my opinion, the ultimate goal of "food wastes issue" should be to "ensure everyone in the world to have sufficient amount of food, with no wasting of them". Rather than dumping food wastes and make them into another products, the ultimate goal mentioned above should be attempted to be achieved first, so that everyone would be fed with food. If food still remains after that, then the recycling can be considered.
Of course, it would not be an easy work to feed as many people as possible in the whole world; if it was easy, there would not have been poverties in several countries nowadays. However, the best solution should be figured out. For instance, there was a Korean man who owned a restaurant who came up with a brilliant idea; after making dumplings for his restaurant, there have always been pieces of the dumpling dough. He felt pity for just throwing them away. Instead, he collected them, and cooked them into noodles; he gave free noodle meals to the people who did not have enough money to feed themselves. New ideas of exploiting remaining food to feed unfed people should always be investigated!
As Rachel said above, food waste has been big problem in the world. The article only talks about food waste in HK, but actually, many countries are suffering from it. Food, which is essential for human beings to live. However, nowadays, people are suffering from food due to over consuming and under consuming of food. It was really big problem that people were not eating proper amount of food to get minimum amount of nutrients to keep their body healthy. Mostly, developing countries are suffering from starvation, and not only adults are died out but also babies are died out so infant mortality rates are high. On the other hand, many developed countries are fighting with obesity. The more developed the countries are, the more fast or instant food they have. because society are going faster and faster, people tend to use less time to use to do ordinary things. In here, we can clearly see how people are suffering from food. Some countries are suffering from over consumption of food, but some countries are suffering from under consumption of food. Why they are not eating just proper amount of food? I think it is because of human greed. Since most people want to have more than the others, people tend to buy more which they can not finish and left food waste. Due to food waste, it is clearly shown that how it damage our environment. Due to human greed, our environment have been damaged. We, should consider about how my behaviors going to impact on environment, and we should consider this problem seriously.
To what extent should we wait until an environmental issue become a serious problem before solving it?
In many environmental issues, humans seem to have tried to solve problems that they have created far too late. So should the new strategies that nations use focus on preemptive 'solving' of environmental issues instead of solving the problem before it is too late. In the case of Hong Kong, the problem comes from food wastage. However, if we had tried to solve this problem 'preemptively', then the landfill problems would lessen. We must also take into account culture in these 'preemptive' solutions. In Chinese and Cantonese culture, it is considered shameful to doggy bag your food after eating it. Doing so would be losing face. If we could educate the people to doggy bag food, would this problem be avoided?
To what extent, should we need to use new technology to solve an environmental problem?
Nowadays, not only Hong Kong, but also the other countries in the world has been suffering the environmental problems with their food waste. In this article, the journalist explains that Hong Kong is using biotechnology that turns binned food into useful products. For example, Carol Lin, an assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong, is developing a process that turns bread products into succinic acid, which can be used to create bioplastics and ecofriendly detergents. At this point, can we say that this is the best way to solve the food waste problem in Hong Kong, and other countries? In my opinion, it might be not, because the biotechnologies for food waste is now developing, that means its side effects have not been found or have not been thought by scientists. I believe that there could be the possibility new biotechnologies cause the other environmental problems, for example, emission of waste chemicals from the process of making food waste into another form of thing could be occurred, and this could cause some pollution. Moreover, “Save Food” campaign has the limitation, which is the campaign’s succeed is decided by people’s participation, so if people don’t know or don’t want to participate for this campaign, the cost used for those would become useless and inefficient.
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