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June 28, 2009

Society’s Invisible Epidemic

Filed under: Current Affairs,Food and Drink,Justice — gabrielwongau @ 1:35 am
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I was reading my local leader and I came upon an article called Society’s Invisible Epidemic. The fact that one out of 10 Victorians are malnourished, go hungry or feel anxious because they cannot access healthy and safe food is really quite sad. The Feed Melbourne campaign to help food charities collect, store and distribute food to those doing it tough and going hungry is great idea espeically in these bad economic times. When we feed the poor, we feed God.

Also how we consume our food (or throw it away) has consequences too. We are all stewards of resources which is not just money but managing our time, food, talents, gifts, etc. So let us take what we need so not to be greedy and finish our plates (that goes for me especially). Here are the four facts from the article:


– 10% of the Australian population is living at or below the poverty line.

– An estimated 700,000 tonnes of food is thrown out in Victoria each year. That’s the equivalent of 28,000 fully stocked supermarkets.

– 3 million tonnes of food is driven to landfill in Australia each year

– One in 10 Victorians are malnourished, go hungry or feel anxious because they cannot access healthy and safe food

Sources: Vic Relief Food Bank, FareShare., VicHealth

Read the Leader article here

Check out the Feed Melbourne website here

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June 15, 2009

Talking Heads with Tim Costello

Tim Costello was on Talking Heads ABC1. He was discussing with Peter Thompson his life which included campaigning for the most marginalised people – the poor, the sick and the addicted. Apparenlty he first developed an awareness of injustice when he had to share a room with his brother Peter.

Justice has always been his question, “Why are those who should have more, the world’s poor, locked out?”

How long can we live in our own insular world before we recognise the injustices that take place around this global village of ours? As consumers do we have a responsibility for the products we consume that allow for these injustices to happen. From cocoa to the latest sneakers, can there be a better way?

Here’s the full transcripts of the interview:

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