Pete Pearson answers your questions!

Pete Pearson is the Global Initiative Lead for the Food Circularity program at WWF – the world’s leading independent conservation organisation, whose mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.

Pete specialises in food waste prevention and food circularity as part of WWF’s larger food system efforts. He has worked with public schools and hospitals as an independent sustainability consultant, co-founded a non-profit focused on sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and has also co-produced a documentary film on regenerative and local food production.

Thank you to those of you who sent in questions for Pete to answer. There were lots of good questions to choose from, but here are the ones Pete answered:

free_snail asked: what is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your job?

inventive_conclusion asked: have you personally been trying to make your diet more sustainable? Do you think that a person is able to be sustainable on their own without the motive of society?

receptive_outcome asked: what sustainable plans for food waste have you helped to create?

quickwitted_tamarind asked: how can we make earth more sustainable whilst the cost of living goes up? Food waste is big in my county, how would you convince everyone that they need to help without them feeling like they are hard done by?

Well done to free_snail, inventive_conclusion, receptive_outcome and quickwitted_tamarind who have each been awarded 3 stars for their chosen questions!

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  • If you are the leader of the global initiative of the WWF Food Distribution Program - the world's leading independent conservation organization, whose mission is to prevent food waste, why not participate and be a leader to prevent food waste at the World Cup? We now see that the World Cup needs someone to govern food waste The match ends, and we see a huge amount of food. This gave us opportunities to benefit from it. Is it true or not?!

  • How is it possible to eradicate poverty in places where all the inhabitants are poor? Something that simplifies them without them realizing it other than opening charitable places for them, and other things that mean things that they cannot think of as theirs because they are poor.

  • Thank you very much for these enthusiastic answers, which encouraged me to preserve my environment more, and to understand that everything we want comes after great fatigue, just as we want the world to be free of poverty, we must take many difficult steps to achieve this, And that patience is not the only key to comfort, but also with seriousness, we can achieve everything we want

  • How can we encourage more people to stop the wastage of food and what might be the benefits of reducing food wastage.

  • Hello, Mr Pearson.

    I can know the studies that it necessary to do to have the possibility of working like you ?
    I think schools and college should talk more about this subject for provious years.

  • How is it possible to eradicate poverty in places where all the inhabitants are poor? Something that simplifies them without them realizing it other than opening charitable places for them, and other things that mean things that they cannot think of as theirs because they are poor.

  • Do you find it difficult to communicate the concept of preserving food and preventing food waste? What are the most countries, in your opinion, if they stop wasting food, they will have saved you a lot in your work?

  • I want to ask Pete Pearson a question that I hope to get an answer for?
    What are the alternatives with the increase in population growth and the food pandemic, and famine resistance in the world, the years and the long-term?!

  • The problem of wasting food is the opposite of the need for food. If we look at the world around us, we will see that humans, their cultures and habits are the cause of all crises. We live on a planet that is functioning in an ideal way, but human interventions hinder it. As the years pass, the problems are getting worse. I see that in 2022 we are living in a pandemic. Rampant conflicts, a warming climate, rising prices, and international tensions. All this affects and increases the problem of food security. I want to ask you, do you see that the problem of food waste depends on the lifestyle of people, such as buying more than needed, relying on the harsh form of food, storing food in an incorrect way, and disrespecting food? We were going to talk about a problem, so I see it as branching and rooted, as long as a person does not change his life and lifestyle, so do you agree with me?

  • Want to ask Pete Pearson a question?
    Is it possible to produce foodstuffs without preservatives and with less damage?

  • Hi Pete!what do u think our conservation of resources will help in food crises ??

  • My question for you is why did you choose this job ?and which country wastes the most food?

  • 1- How will you advise bakery and restaurant owners to stop wasting excess food from customers and how to exploit it
    2- Do you agree with my idea of not building housing and factories on agricultural land and the possibility of reclamation of desert lands and planting them with wheat and durra to stop famines

  • Hello, tell me, what is the goal that you would like to achieve so badly? Have you already started planning or working on it?

  • (My question is for Pete Pearson)
    The effect of deadly wastewater and agricultural drugs and how they can be combated with natural and effective sources. Over the recent years, we have noticed an exponential rise in cancers due to these drugs. Is there a solution for these medicines without harming humans and the environment?!

  • Want to ask Pete Pearson a question?
    Is it possible to produce foodstuffs without preservatives and with less damage?

  • Hello Mr. Pete Pearson
    I was very impressed by what you are doing in the World Food Organization to solve this crisis, which I believe is one of the most serious crises the world is facing.
    Your wonderful ideas in spreading a culture that everyone can take responsibility for this crisis is wonderful, as everyone can be able to think seriously about others
    It would be nice if you answered my questions?
    How can countries suffering from this crisis double the amount of aid provided to them?
    How is it possible to truly benefit from thinking about responsibility and making initiatives as a quick response, such as reducing the waste of excess food or throwing it away?
    Are you thinking of presenting a global campaign to educate the world about the necessity of optimal use of nature and the danger resulting from negligence in such a crisis?
    How can a global institution spread awareness, taking into account the different culture of the world?

  • How does a person make his diet more sustainable?

  • What do you advise me to read a book about balanced food and not waste food?

  • Hi Mr. Pete
    I loved the way you answered all the questions very patiently with so many details. In our family we are always told that we should never waste food. And when there is a left over, we ensure we pack it neatly and give it to some needy people. I always thought that individual contribution doesn't matter much. However, your speech has made me realize that every one's contribution matters.
    But compost is something I never felt is important. However, your speech has inspired me to take up the food compost project. In my individual capacity, I shall start this work immediately.
    Along with my friends, I am really motivated to create awareness about food waste among the public and other school students. Thank you So much for your answers.

  • I have a feeling of inspiration about the subject of the Pearson House. This is a very wonderful thing, because everyone wants to make foodstuffs more usable and to preserve a healthy country free from poverty and get rid of poverty in poor countries that suffer from a lack of food resources. This shows that the Pearson House cares about the Arab world most of People eat from the WWF, this is very nice, because most people nowadays are ignorant. They do not know where they eat and where they get food, money, economic and political support, and support for food resources. The question I want to ask is how much this issue cost, even if it did not overcome the problem of poverty.