Seed to Feed Team can't wait to have the results of Round 1! We are very excited of starting to really build the app with our computer designers! Hope it will work ;)
We just reached 350 likes and we wanted to thank everyone who supported SmartBasket. It really means a lot to us, since it is our little baby and we want to make it grow :)
Don't be blind. World Hunger Exists
Strengthening the Ecological Foundation of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems
Our academic and professional lives have been dedicated to tackling food security challenges. Food waste is one of the main paradoxes of the 21st century. Consumer habits will have to change if our lifestyle is to be sustainable in a world of 9 billion.
The Problem: We have to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but we are currently throwing out 1/3 of all the food we produce. While current agricultural production is able to feed the world’s population, food security problems persist: 870 million people are hungry and 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. We could feed everyone and more if we simply made sure that all our food reached a plate...from Seed to Feed. The Inspiration: According to UN FAO, approximately 1.3 billion tones, or one third of all food produced never reaches a plate. In the US for example, this waste accounts for 25 % of all fresh water, 4% of oil use, and a total of 165 billion dollars (NRDC) being wasted. Climate change is putting additional stress on efficient use of agricultural resources that will be necessary to produce food for future generations. If we are to feed 9 billion people sustainably in the future, we have to stop over producing food that never feeds anyone. And in the developed world, consumers do most of the wasting. In WRAPʼs the Food we Waste report, consumers were asked why food went to waste in their households. The survey concludes that food waste continues because: • Lack of advance planning, skills and knowledge regarding food storage and preparation • Retail practices that encourage people to buy more than they need. • Lack of economic incentives to avoid food waste From this report, its clear that consumers need better information about their food. We believe in new communications technologies as the best way to transfer information and enhance/facilitate people's lives. In fact, mobile users increasingly depend on apps to connect to and diffuse important information in a fast and convenient way. This is why we decided to create a mobile app to help consumers make smart choices and waste less.
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