For many of us, the shelves are full and the portions are large. We have enough of everything our hearts desire. Especially when it comes to our beloved food: regional country farms, exotic cuisines from Asian countries and, for breakfast, the French coffee shop on the corner.
And what if you’re too lazy and don’t want to dress up for the restaurant? Then we can just order and again, there are no limits of what we can offer and how much we can eat. It’s an incredible privilege that so many of us feel the way we do and are allowed to consume the way we do. But unfortunately, not everyone is that privileged.
In 2020, almost 700 million people in the world would suffer from malnutrition. 700 million people for whom the question isn`t whether to order Italian today because they already had an Asian wok dish yesterday. These people are concerned with the question of how they can get something to eat today and whether they can feed their children.
So how can it be that parts of society live in total overconsumption and yet so many people don`t have enough to eat? What can we do to put an end to this inequality, or to counteract it even a little bit?
There is no simple answer to this. The problem is clearly too complex for that. Certainly, the geographic conditions in some areas are the reason for much of it. For example, sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most famine-stricken regions in the world. In precisely these areas, there is almost always drought, and when it rains, it rains so hard that flooding can last for days. The fact that it`s difficult to establish a good agricultural economy under these circumstances should come as no surprise to anyone. Another major problem in many regions affected by hunger is a lack of supply infrastructure. Often, however, it is not possible to steer this situation for the better by one’s own efforts.
So what can you do as a conscious consumer?
It always makes sense to first critically observe your own consumption of food and groceries. Do you notice, for example, that a lot of the food you buy ends up in the trash at home or that there is always far too much left over from the food you ordered? If this is the case, a sensible first measure could be to buy less and adjust your ordering to your own hunger.
In addition, many people underestimate how important it is to choose the right products. Many products that you buy in the supermarket, or many a gastronome uses to prepare meals, have a devastating supply chain that is to the detriment of already structurally weak regions. Although this does not directly counteract overconsumption, it can actively help to ensure that such areas are not additionally exploited.
Probably the most direct and effective measure we can take is to donate to the regions affected by famine. A monetary donation to the right organization and the right project can make a big difference. Thus, on the one hand, we can actively fight hunger, but on the other hand, we can also ensure that the necessary supply structures can be built up sustainably.
As an ordering and delivery service, we now want to give you the opportunity to make a positive contribution with every order.
So it`ll be possible for small amounts of money to order not only for yourself, but also for an anonymous friend who can use the help just well!