Every food has it shelf life even the processed one. Pasteurized milk last for about 3 weeks in printing, UHT milk last longer for 1 year. Fresh food that we make varies from a day to a week.
When we work on consumer movement for food, we choose to favor a certain type of food. For example, local food movement. An increase in local food consumption would affect imported food consumption. Whether this movement is successful or not, the impact is still there.
As I am looking into my preference changes over a certain type of food, leaving my normal habit, I reflect that if my food preference changes is not absorbed by another person, I am creating food waste. Every food has it shelf life. If we don/t act before it is unusable, it might turned into waste.
Often, producers and distributers are depending on sales forecast to produce food. Stocking for food is important for all food market but it is not necessarily that everything are sold. A movement against GM food for example, will create more food waste as we protest GM-food. It is a short term process until the producers realize that it is not working and ceased product few months or a year later.
If it doesn't go into waste, then perhaps it is absorbed into other products but the quality of that particular food have decreased dramatically.
Are food movement successful revolutionized our food system or would it create food waste in the city?