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  • Jan Vajda
  • Marcelo de Araujo Silva
  • Yasha Wallin
  • Alessandra Rizzotti
  • Stef McDonald
  • Jessica Rivera

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  • Craig Dalrymple

    I'm in total agreement with you Loll, Adele, and Alessandra!

    While I was watching the movie I was thinking "Ok plastic keeps it alive longer, but the spoilage is a symptom - the problem is over supplying people food they don't need. That can be solved without plastic!"

    It's great info, but focused on a debatable solution point. We can do even better and solve the core problem! Buy local, only when needed, and use fast. Or make banana bread! :D

  • Loli Toledo

    This is true to some degree, but it doesn't make me feel any better about plastic packaging. What ever happened to only buying what you need and when you need it? If we do, we don't need longer shelve lives. Not only is plastic an immortal material that is affecting fauna all around the globe and never disappears, but the toxins carried in plastic bioaccumulate in our bodies through generations, causing health issues in everyone around. On top of that, the production of plastic itself has a huge carbon footprint, so is it better to produce more plastic to reduce the carbon footprint of food production? I would love to see data comparing the two.
    In my opinion, plastic has more harmful effects than benefits. I believe we can decrease the carbon footprint of food production by buying local, organic, and in amounts that that we need at that point in time. In any case, if we want longer shelve lives, reusable containers with a seal are great alternatives to plastic packaging.

    • Adele Peters

      I think that's a really good point. How can we better adjust supply so grocery stores are not buying more than they can sell? Should we only be buying local, seasonal food? (And if so, what happens to people who live farther from agriculture)? It's so complicated-- packaging can help reduce the carbon footprint of food by making it last longer, but should we be questioning the idea of making food last longer?