Learn About Food Insecurity


ONLINE RESOURCES


DEFINITIONS OF FOOD SECURITY
United States Department of Agriculture. Explains the difficulties in measuring hunger and how the USDA uses “food security” levels to measure access to food.​

KEY FACTS ON FOOD LOSS AND WASTE YOU SHOULD KNOW!
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Shows the magnitude of global food waste across the world.​

THE STATE OF FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN THE WORLD
A comprehensive study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

TAKE A HUNGER QUIZ AND MAKE A DONATION TO HELP HUNGRY PEOPLE
World Hunger Education Service. Information about how hunger affects different regions around the world. Make a small donation to anti-hunger organizations by taking a quiz! ​


SCHOLARLY ARTICLES


Li, C., Huang, Y., & Harder, M. (2017). Incentives for food waste diversion: Exploration of a long term successful Chinese city residential scheme.Journal Of Cleaner Production, 156491-499. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.03.198

Gruber, V., Holweg, C., & Teller, C. (2016). What a waste! Exploring the human reality of food waste from the store manager’s perspective.Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, (1). 3.​

Food Waste: the Process

Each design was made from a photograph of food that I inadvertently let decay and had to throw away.  I started by considering each food photograph individually. What is interesting about the image? What shapes or motifs do I see?

The first image is the staring photograph for Oatmeal. My first impression was that the oatmeal flakes looked a lot like Rococo architectural ornaments.  Building on that, I wanted to make a design that resembled a relief sculpture.

From the starting photograph, I clipped areas that fit the Rococo motif. Then, it was a very fun process of arranging the clippings and editing them to seamlessly form a whole.

I completed most of the final design in one sitting, I was totally absorbed in it and worked on it for hours. I remember listening to Gorillaz’s “On Melancholy Hill” on repeat the whole time. Making it felt like the image had a mind of its own, like I was putting together a puzzle whose final image I did not know from the start. When the little figures in the middle formed, I was pleasantly surprised. I love when faces appear out of nowhere!

When I started this project I had no intention of embossing the prints, but now, I can’t imagine them without it. It was the result of being REALLY disappointed. 

When I printed my first design on paper I was devastated because it looked so flat. What I hadn’t taken into consideration was the fact that the whole time I was making these designs, they were being beautifully back-lit by my computer monitor. What I was seeing on screen could not be replicated on paper.

I knew I needed to distanced myself from the project to find a solution. After a couple of days, I wondered if maybe embossing the prints would give them back some depth. You couldn’t imagine my relief when I saw that, yes, it worked!