Some people, including Valentin Thurn, the guy who made the ‘Taste The Waste’ documentary started a website called www.foodsharing.de .
A website where you can put up food you aren’t going to eat, coz you bought too much or the shit’s growing like crazy in your garden and you can’t eat all of it yourself.
You can put up a “Essenskorb”, which is German for food basket and other people can contact you thru the website and pick it up. I think this is pretty awesome shit!
They only started their website in mid December, but already have more then 5500 active users on their website and redistributed more then 800kg of food since then.
These people really got it together, respect to them! They have also already set up a hotspot in Berlin, including a fridge, where people can drop off and pick up food if it’s available.
Apart from private people, this concept is trying to involve businesses, like bakeries and restaurants which can give food away at the end of the day.
It offers a great alternative to food stamps or food banks by charities.
For a lot of people it’s embarrassing to go to these places and some places make distribution dependent on stupid requirements, like eligibility for welfare.
I love the foodsharing idea, coz it gives people a better social connection and a feeling of independence from charitable and government handouts.
I love this, coz eating is fucking essential to being alive. And most of us spend a lot of money on food.
I love it, coz the concept is expandable, into projects like cooking together, where people cud meet up and everyone brings a couple of ingredients along.
Saying this, I went to a vegan lunch the other day. It was pretty awesome, everybody brings something and you meet somewhere with like-minded people. How great is that, nice food, resource exchange and building of a community! What more could you want!?
I’d also like to say how fucking crazy, disgusting and corrupt I find the propaganda from big corporations like Monsanto and the like, who propagate the need for GM-foods to feed the world!
90 Million TONS of food get thrown out in the EU alone each year. You don’t need much of a brain to understand that the problem of starvation is caused by a dysfunctional distribution system rather then insufficient food production.
As if we just have to produce more food and people in poor countries or poor people in general will just magically be able to afford it!
Countries, in which people are starving in the first place, coz they get so fucked over by corporations and corrupt governments that they can’t grow their own food or have to sell it to countries where people can actually pay for it.
And of curz, the way mainstream media reports about so called solutions to famine is very narrowminded and selective. There is no mention about how much food gets destroyed thru being fed to animals in the meat industry and how industrial agriculture depletes the soil and will make growing food this way in the future impossible.
What I’m saying is, Fuck GM-foods, Fuck Big Agra propaganda and Fuck corporations like Monsanto that make a profit from fucking with people(don’t get me started on GMO’s, that’s a topic for a whole bunch of posts entirely!).
We need to reconnect with our food and stop seeing it as a commodity that is “naturally” freely available in the shelves of our supermarkets for some of us and really scarce for others.
And we need to start seeing it as the stuff that grows in the ground and plays a vital role in keeping us alive.
Love the food and love the people you’re eating it with!
Food is important and it’s more fun to share it!
Reblogged this on Desert Growing Spain and commented:
Thanks for the reblog!:)
Excellent post (missed this when it first came up 😦 ). Food sharing in Spain exists too when there is a glut of crops, or when people just want to be generous. I used to think I didn’t need charity but now I see it as a precious gift, that values more than anything else. As you say, we all need to eat.