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Shipra Kumar

Sinan Li

December 22nd, 2021

The Time is Ripe for ‘Ugly’ Food: Food Insecurity and Establishing Markets for Food Waste

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Shipra Kumar

Sinan Li

December 22nd, 2021

The Time is Ripe for ‘Ugly’ Food: Food Insecurity and Establishing Markets for Food Waste

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

To listen, please follow the link – https://open.spotify.com/episode/2EQdN3kKDyJOZjCJrKwEIF?si=IAjAqGjoRZiYrm35MZa8AA

Food is an intimate and integral part of our lives, and yet everyone has access to it. While food remains in abundance in the West, it is not necessarily so in the developing world. Food poverty remains a pressing reality that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, sustained by unequal global supply chains, and faces exponential challenges due to the effects of climate change.

The first podcast of 2021 on food insecurity and inequality brings to you a lively discussion with Priya Singh who works at the Supply Chain Operations at the UN World Food Programme. We discuss if the Western appropriation of food, including food “fads” such as quinoa and avocado, has priced out and threatened local communities from enjoying their own staple dishes. We move on to how the advent of social media has led to changing food cultures and engage in discussions around the role of the private sector in nudging food cultures. We wrap up with a discussion on establishing markets for “ugly food” in order to limit food waste and the engagement with the UN WFP around ending world hunger as a part of the SDGs.

About the author

Shipra Kumar

Shipra is a graduate student at the LSE School of Public Policy.

Sinan Li

Sinan is a graduate student at the LSE School of Public Policy.

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