Global South Discusses Food Waste With Global North

An imaginary story that articulates a real, serious, modern problem that has social, environmental, and economic impacts.

Athina Kontolati
Age of Awareness


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Let’s just pretend for a few minutes that Global South and Global North are people, and let’s say they are estranged siblings living in the same house-Planet Earth-without much of a choice.

Global South (GS): I am sick and tired of watching you throw away food every night while I go to sleep hungry. Do you know how hard is this for me? And you don’t even care; we are siblings for God’s sake!

Global North (GN): Well, honestly, I am just not hungry, and you know how I am, I can’t eat the same food two days in a row. Besides, there is plenty of food in my room. Just come and get some.

GS: Are you kidding me? Every time I come into your room you keep telling me to go. And I know you are stealing my food, too.

GN: You are being ridiculous. Why would I steal your food? I have plenty.

GS: Exactly, you have plenty because you keep stealing mine! You know what? I am going to tell mom-Nature.

GN: Mom is sick. Just let her be.