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                                 Local               Global 
                                        LIFE WORKS 

                                            Presents:


              SOLUTIONS IN ACTION TO END FOOD WASTE 
This document is based on a dialogue between members of the general public on Saturday, May
28, 2011 at the event Waste Not, Want Not: Food, the Earth and You! hosted by Local to Global Life
Works (LTG) and the Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV). We meditated, ate delicious food,
watched the documentary film Dive!, which uses a man’s experience dumpster diving for food as a
lens into how much food our society wastes, had a conversation with the filmmaker, and had a
discussion with each other on food waste and waste reduction strategies. The ideas contained here
are built upon the ideas lain down during the group dialogue and from conversations and emails
exchanged before and after the event.
This is an open policy document – we will add to this document as we continue to have public
conversations about the issues at hand. To strengthen it, we seek community input and support,
including the spread of this document throughout Los Angeles County.

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LOCAL TO GLOBAL STRATEGIES: SO EASY, WE CAN DO THEM NOW! 
I.           SCHOOLS CREATE THEIR OWN FOOD PRODUCTION AND WASTE CYCLES BY: 

     Growing their own food
     Cooking and preparing their own food
     Building partnerships between schools and local community gardens
     Composting
     Donating uneaten foods to local food banks

II. BUILDING LOCAL FOOD COOPERATIVES THAT FURNISH LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD: 
 Making organic animal and plant foods grown in and around Los Angeles more publicly
  available.
 Ordering in bulk and having coop members bring their own containers and bags.
 Local preparation and distribution (without packaging) of easily prepared foods such as
  granola, pasta sauce, salad dressing, sauces, health food bars, etc.
 



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III.   OTHER SOLUTION IDEAS THAT EVENT PARTICIPANTS WOULD LIKE TO SEE REGARDING 
       ENDING FOOD WASTE: 

 Creating local action teams that can gather petitions to take to grocery stores, restaurants,
  hotels, craft service caterers and other food wasters to communicate large-scale public demand
  for decrease and elimination of food waste.  
 Building more local food banks where food can easily be donated and shared with the public.
  For example, working with churches and other houses of worship. 
 Growing food at churches, temples, and other community spaces. 

Some examples in action around Los Angeles:  
 Enrich LA school garden projects:
  o http://enrichla.org/?page_id=54
 American Friends Service Committee Friends Peace Garden projects:
  o http://afsc.org/resource/friends-peace-garden
 Upcoming White House Place Learning Garden at the Los Angeles Eco Village:
  o http://www.whitehousegardensla.org/
 The Venice Learning Garden:
  o http://www.thelearninggarden.org/
 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to donate unused food to local community
  organizations:
  o http://notebook.lausd.net/pls/ptl/docs/PAGE/CA_LAUSD/FLDR_LAUSD_NEWS/F
     LDR_ANNOUNCEMENTS_STUDENT_RESOURCES/FOOD%20DONATION%20
     FINAL_SC.PDF

Impact of above solution strategies on food waste reduction:  
1. Food is organic and locally grown, which means:
   o Food can be harvested as needed;
   o Food is harvested when ready to eat, ensuring maximum nutrient consumption;
   o Food is free of chemicals harmful to human and environmental health.
2. Food created on site means WAY less packaging added to the waste stream.
3. Donating unused foods to local food banks or nonprofits in need means that unused food is
   not going into landfills, but instead into people’s bellies.
4. Composting allows food waste to create new soil to grow more food, rather than to
   decompose unhealthily, releasing toxins in landfills.

Other impacts of above solution strategies:  
1. School gardens and community gardens double as outdoor learning centers, so kids can
   physically, visually and experientially practice what is learned in the classroom.
   o Document from LAEV White House Place Learning Garden on what youth can learn

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       from garden learning programs:
           http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_l1kqx0qmD61qzg48no1_1280
             .jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1307220554&Sig
             nature=XSAsYUhNCTUQN4GY%2F%2BfNhi%2B8%2FrY%3D.
2. Growing one’s own food helps to clarify the connection between one’s body and the
   environment, which:
   o Promotes healthy eating and knowledge about food and nutrition;
   o Has the potential long-term effect of lowering diabetes and obesity rates, as well as cancer
      and other diet related illness due to healthier, additive-free diet choices;
   o Can create future leaders that structure human society to be symbiotic with ecosystems.

Challenges (all of which can be healthily overcome!): 
1. Heavy metals, paint and other toxic pollutants contaminate much of LAUSD land. LAUSD or
   other city, county, state, federal or private initiatives would have to form to clean soil before
   food grown on it can be eaten.
2. Finding public or private funding sources to plant and staff school gardens.
3. Finding public or private funding sources to build modern, low energy-use kitchens at schools.
4. Creating or linking with existing culinary training programs to teach school cafeteria cooks
   how to prepare fresh foods from school gardens.
5. Writing laws that facilitate sharing and donation of food, especially fresh foods.
6. Writing laws that facilitate local, urban food growing.
7. Building public and institutional support for local food growing.
8. Changing the culture of waste and ‘disposability’ to one of symbiosis and sustainability.

Local to Global Life Works adds:  
        We as a society should make a concerted effort to rely on pre-colonial (pre-Columbian
         Exchange), indigenous plant and animal species for our food sources. As in, we should
         grow gardens where native plants are grown for consumption.
                 1. Link to info on food sources indigenous to Southern California:
                    http://www.robinhewitt.com/write/folk/harvest.html.
 
 
 It takes life to grow food. When you waste food, you waste all 
              the life it took to grow that food.   
                      –  Dive!: Living off America’s Waste 
 
 
 
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     BELOW IS A CLIP FROM THE ENRICHLA BLOG (WWW.ENRICHLA.ORG) ON GARDENING
    WITH KIDS AT AN LA PUBLIC SCHOOL GARDEN. AN ENRICHLA STAFFMEMBER JOINED US
                  ON MAY 28TH AT WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. CHECK IT OUT:
 




    Local to Global Life Works is a nascent, community collaboration-based policy-planning
    project. This means that we aim to bring people from ALL kinds of backgrounds and interests
    together in order to:
       1. Share information on how we impact the world around us through our thoughts and
           actions;
       2. Eat well while learning about our environment (and where our food comes from!);
       3. Create building-block strategies for how to live more vibrantly with each other and the
           world around us.
       4. Have fun while changing the world for the better!
    For questions, comments and idea-sharing or if you are interesting in collaborating, please
    email: localtoglobalworks@gmail.com.


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