Posters from around the world draw attention to food waste
Mexico City, 6 November 2014. Wasted carrots, shopping carts converted into garbage trucks, plates with holes, murdered bananas, and amputated silverware. These are some of the original ways in which authors from around the world expressed a message against food loss and waste in their posters.
As it turns 25, the International Poster Biennial of Mexico is full of vitality, as shown by the close to 4,500 works sent by authors from 45 countries in this year's event—with 1,240 posters participating in category D—cosponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
The slogan of the environmental category on this occasion was “Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Foodprint!,” in line with the global campaign against food waste in which UNEP, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other partners participated.
With this slogan in mind, artists from around the world availed themselves of the most varied artistic techniques to draw attention to the importance of facing this great social, economic and environmental challenge as soon as possible. One-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption (approximately 1.300 billion tons per year) is lost or wasted, according to a recent FAO study. In developing countries, 40% of these losses occur in the pre-harvest and processing stages, while in industrialized countries more than 40% take place at the retail-sale and consumer level.
The winning posters
The largest number of posters was sent by France, Iran, Mexico, Poland and the United States. The contest was divided into two categories: professionals and students. The participants wastedno talent in their effort to achieve high-impact, visually striking messages against food waste.
The winner in the student category was Amir (Babak) Bayrami, of Iran, with a triptych in which a piece of bread serves to denounce food waste in the world. David A. Santos Moreno, of Ecuador, placed second with an image that was a cross between a garbage truck and a shopping cart. Third place went to the entry by Ling Yu-Wang, of China-Taipei, with a graphic integration of a fork with hands asking for help.
There was no first place winner in the professional category. Aurélie Painnecé, of Canada, took second place in this category for her triptych that depicts the life of a bunch of carrots, from planting until they return to ground, but as waste. Vivian Caballero Velasco and Alejandro Rodríguez Fornés of Cuba are the authors of the third-place poster, a plate that evokes the memory of the mythic Pac-Man videogame while utilizing several messages from the Think.Eat.Save campaign.
The winning posters in the D and other categories at available at the following link:
More information on food loss and waste:
Food loss and waste throughout the production, distribution and consumption cycle entails a serious economic and social problem around the world. Latin America and the Caribbean produce more than enough food to feed their population, but millions of Latin Americans still go hungry.
However, food loss and waste also have an environmental impact, with pollution and gases generated by decomposing food in sanitary landfills. Moreover, when we throw away a kilo of beef, we are also wasting the thousands of litres of water used to produce it.
Numerous initiatives attempt to reduce food loss or waste. Each of us can contribute to the solution. More information and advice: http://www.thinkeatsave.org
More information on the International Poster Biennial of Mexico: http://www.bienalcartel.org
Alejandro Laguna. Information Officer.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean