January 9, 2017

Initiatives

#FastForEarth

 

Reduce food waste and overconsumption.

There are now more obese adults in the world than underweight adults (1,2). According to Jamie Blackshaw, national lead for obesity and healthy weight at Public Health England: “People who are overweight and obese suffer life-changing consequences and it costs the NHS more than £6 billion a year. The causes of obesity are complex and the environment we live in encourages poor diets and low levels of physical activity.”(2).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated in 2011 that approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. While this may seem like a problem that is too large to handle, taking simple steps in your everyday life can make a difference in reducing this issue. Reducing wasted food is a triple win; it’s good for the environment, for communities, and for the economy (4).

Experts have projected that reducing food losses by just 15 percent would provide enough food for more than 25 million Americans every year, helping to sharply reduce incidences of food insecurity for millions. It is estimated that at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, food loss and waste totals $161 billion dollars (3).

 

Image source: EPA.gov

 

By reducing food waste you can contribute to the future of planet Earth and future generations.

The benefits include (4):

  • Save Resources – Wasted food wastes the water, gasoline, energy, labor, pesticides, land, and fertilizers used to make the food. When we throw food in the trash, we’re throwing away much more than food.
  • Reduce Methane From Landfills – When food goes to the landfill, it’s similar to tying food in a plastic bag. The nutrients in the food never return to the soil. The wasted food rots and produces methane gas. Methane is a strong greenhouse gas with more than 25 times the global warming potential compared to carbon dioxide.
  • Feed the World – According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, from 2012 to 2014 there were about 805 million hungry people on earth. They predict that by eliminating food loss and wasted food we would have enough food to feed all the chronically undernourished. They also expect that we wouldn’t have to increase food production or put additional pressure on our natural resources to do so.
  • Waste Less and Spend Less – If you or your organization can find ways to prevent waste in the first place, you can spend less by buying only the food you will use. Preventing wasted food can also reduce energy and labor costs associated with throwing away good food.

 

#FastForEarth in 2017!

It’s time to reduce the food overconsumption. Join the #FastForEarth campaign and make a difference to the world.

 

Our goal is simple: 1,000,000 days of fasting in 2017

 

That’s 1,000,000 days less of food waste and overconsumption. That’s 1,000,000 days for us to step up understand the importance of food sustainability, to rewire and re-establish our relationship with nutrition.

 

 

How to join #FastForEarth?

Use #FastForEarth hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for every day of fasting. Share your photos and stories. Each month we will re-count the number of hashtags and give you an update on our progress. Together we can make a difference, so join us and #FastForEarth.

And why not tag your friends in your posts too? Ask them to join. Together we can make a difference!

Share the #FastForEarth message with your friends and family. 1,000,000 days is just 1 million people fasting a single day in 2017. Can you a spare a day to make a difference? 

 

Why #FastForEarth fasting? 

Intermittent fasting may have a positive impact on your health and contribute to the weight loss (5). Fasting will help you revisit your relationship with the food and make you realize that you can go for 24 hours without it, that you don’t need to eat all the time.

It will make you understand the value of food and what it does for your body, which is the first step to sustainable food production – reduction of overconsumption. 

By fasting with us you will save resources and reduce methane production. By eliminating food loss and waste we will have enough food to feed the chronically undernourished. Moreover, don’t forget the ‘waste less, spend less’, your wallet will thank you too!

Are you in? Join our #FastForEarth movement. Share this page with your friends by clicking on one of the Social Media icons on the left side or donate here.

 

 

References 

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35933691
  2. http://mashable.com/2016/04/01/overweight-underweight-study/#140UHKD4oiqN
  3. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-usda-join-private-sector-charitable-organizations-set-nations-first-goals
  4. https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/sustainable-management-food-basics
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_fasting

 

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