Food Sharing: changing old habits is possible

Food Sharing: changing old habits is possible

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Expo2015 is closer than ever. As every Italian knows the issue at stake will be: “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life”. We still do not know if it will be a success or not, but what we already know, as LabGov, is that there are few topics of such relevance.

In our society, according to one of the last report from FAO, we are told that each year 1.3 billion of tons of food are wasted (or trashed). Consequences are, as easily understood, not only from an economic perspective; but also in terms of the environment, of use of resources and so forth. Let alone the gigantic moral question…

Citizens, network of people, are trying to solve this issue which is more radicalized in our daily life than one would expect. Germany is certainly a pioneer in this field. In many urban centers (Berlin, Colonia, Munich and other) familes decided to join their effort to tackle this issue. They decided to create an online platform (foodsharing.de) where people can simply signal their food excess. Food exchanges are also possible. What is the rationale behind food-sharing? Encourage people not to trash the food they are not going to use. Simple as that.

The platform in Germany evolved faster than expected. Right now it involves also firms, restaurants and supermarkets which are usually the places where the majority of food transits, get processed and eventually wasted.

What about Italy? In our country every household, single included, trashes on average 35 kilos of food every year (Rapporto 2014 Waste watcher – Knowledge for Expo). The economic value is impressive: some 8 billions euro. According to Coldiretti, this mountain of food would be enough to feed 44 millions people. Each year.

This is the reason why also here, food-sharing needs to gain momentum. This phenomenon is one of the many case in which collaborative economics, with eco-friendly spillover, can promote the change in the whole production and supply chain of an entire sector.

To date there are at least two important platforms where you can start to share your food:

ifoodshare.org and scambiacibo.it.

 

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Il food-sharing per sconfiggere vecchie abitudini

 

Con l’avvicinarsi di Expo2015, che avrà come tema “Nutrire il pianeta: energia per la vita”, LabGov vuole introdurre un tema che all’estero sta prendendo molto piede, nella speranza che sia replicabile anche qui da noi: il food-sharing.

Ogni anno sprechiamo oltre 1 miliardo di tonnellate di cibo; le conseguenze sono enormi sia in termini economici, che ambientali; per non parlare di quelle morali.

Le buone pratiche dell’economica collaborativa però ci stanno offrendo una soluzione al problema: la condivisione del cibo. Nata in Germania, dove ha preso piede in alcune grandi città, così come in piccoli centri; anche in Italia è oggi possibile fare riferimento a diverse piattaforme online per la condivisione delle eccedenze alimentari.

L’obiettivo, come da tradizione di LabGov, è quello di mettere in luce ogni tipo di fenomeno collaborativo che possa determinare un cambiamento di approccio e soprattutto una correzione alle distorsioni dell’economia che le istituzioni non sono in grado di affrontare da sole.