How To End The Food Waste Fiasco | Rob Greenfield | TEDxTeen

There are millions around the world who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Rob is on a mission to solve this problem. We can all easily be a part of the solution… and it starts with a dumpster.

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Rob is an adventurer, activist, and dude making a difference. His purpose is to inspire health, happiness, and freedom on Earth and he’s dedicated his life to this mission. He has cycled across the United States, twice, on a bamboo bicycle, went 1,000 days without showering, and has dove into thousands of dumpsters across America, all to inspire positive social and environmental change. When not out adventuring he lives off the grid in a fifty-square-foot tiny home in San Diego. His extreme adventures and activism campaigns may appear unattainable at first glance but within them are an abundance of simple lessons and tips that can be adapted into any life to live with more happiness, health, and freedom.

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  1. Awesome talk! I just posted on One of my local grocery stores Facebook homepage is requesting that they watch this Ted talk and asking them if they would be willing to be part of the solution. I’m going to do that with a few other grocery stores in my area. If enough people do it it will make a difference!

  2. B+. Most people who are "food insecure" would not eat any of this stuff, especially since it can't be sold for drugs. Yes we need better systems, but to benefit working people, not the already overserved failures.

  3. I think that shops refuse to cooperate 'coz they think they will sell less if they give away more…
    Simple as that… Not because they are afraid of being sued. Just a simple minded idea 😉

  4. I love this video and its message! However, I am someone who likes to fact check things and what I found on the FDA's website contradicts what Rob said about sell-by and best-by dates. Could someone maybe link what he was referring to to me?

  5. I work for a food bank and we pick up food from supermarkets, bakeries, butchers.
    Sadly we see that they bin a whole lot more food than they give us! Lots of the dumpsters are full of still good food!

  6. A great talk! He is really doing a great work.
    If we tell the grocery stores to donate the food, wont it perish by the time it reaches the end consumer after being donated? If they refrigerate, it would be additional costs to the grocery store. Whats the solution?

  7. Good points. I had some questions. Why were you not going to let people eat the food you sourced from dumpsters? Why not start a homeless food program with all the food you sourced or continue to source?Also why hasn't anyone thought of a liability waiver relieving anyone of the ability to sue if one did get food poisoning? I think you have great points, continue fighting the good fight

  8. good talk!  good speaker!  good ideas!  the fast food industry wastes food too.  I saw two steak burritos thrown in the trash because somebody got the order wrong.  ive heard mcdonalds is bad about throwing food out too

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