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Hunger And Food Waste In Australia

An article regarding 21% of Australian went without some meals in the past 12 months.

And another article regarding the amount of food wasted in Australia.

Now if someone could just put 2 and 2 together?

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Listing to a report on ABC NewsRadio this morning, there appears to also be a correlation between individuals purchasing (never used before and possibly more expensive) ingredients as a result of being influenced by reality TV cooking shows and then not using them one purchased. The ingredients purchase seem a good idea at the time to aspire to being a good cook.

Maybe if one only purchased products they will use in the kitchen, rather than those one hopes to use, this would also reduce the amount of food waste and also the amount of money available for many households for buying traditional groceries.

Another observation was on the 7.30 report earlier in the week in relation to the Indue Card roll out, one of the food charities indicated that the number of desperate families requiring food relief from the charity had dropped in the recent past. The charity seemed to link the drop to the rollout of the Indue card. It gave an impression that with the card families on support had little option but to use government benefits on food and other necessities reducing the potential for shortfalls between government payments.

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One of the blocks to that is the cost of packaging, presenting, retailing, and thus purchasing. One example that impacts us are the multitude of common and basic spices and ingredients in certain cuisines. Unless you eat them regularly and often in volume you cannot just buy a meal or two worth. If you venture forth to partake on the odd occasion, you end up with many things in the pantry you will probably not use prior to long after their use-by dates, not discovered because you knew you had some, but did not look at how old it was until the moment you needed it.

That may be the case, but what may have been the effects on other parts of their lives? We all know poverty stricken, poor, and economically challenged people should not be able to have or do anything beyond the most basic subsistence, right? It is not so simple when viewing something like Indue in isolation from life and living as some of us see it. There will always be dole bludgers, but demonising everyone needing a hand up in a simplistic way to make it harder and as austere as possible seems harsh. It comes down to one’s life vision of what help is about I guess.

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Another aspect, while a US reference this behaviour is just as common here. Woolies has their 'odd bunch’ to sell the odd produce, so a start.

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