yesterday there was a speech contest in my town in Japan. The students spoke of various things in english. one girl spoke of food and world hunger. she mentioned how much waste of food there was at lunch. in japan children get a lunch program of rice, soup, fish or meat, vegetables ect...a balanced meal for lunch and yet still rice is thrown away... so this girl went to the local convenience store and asked how many lunch boxed are thrown away daily and was told 10 to 20 meals a day. she figured there are 40,000 convenience stores in Japan alone and that every day 100 of thousands of perfectly good meals are thrown away... what to do....something she cannot solve alone....she suggested that each classroom try not to waste their food and eat all their lunch so that the school itself didnt waste food.....she also mentioned that if we ate simpler we wouldnt need so many fancy lunch boxes in the stores. but the argument there was that the stores had to provide variety to keep their customers.....hm so many starving people and so many lunches thrown away. her idea to start in her own classroom is excellent. I have heard of some street shelters collecting left over lunches and distributing them to the poor, but in fact maybee the idea of eating simpler and being aware of our consummer tendencies and waste is a key that we can all look into.
namste and bon apetit