For many people, getting the opportunity to eat pizza every day for one year would be a dream come true. I mean, who doesn’t like pizza?
Most people can easily plow through slices just of love of it, but for Kyle Feeney, eating pizza for 365 days had a more meaningful purpose.
The 23 year-old successfully fulfilled his vow, consuming at least one slice of pizza every day from Jan 2015 to Dec 31. In an interview with Business Insider, he said:
“Every time I would come visit [New York City] I would end up eating pizza like three or four times over the weekend. One thing led to another and the ‘pizzagram’ was born.”
The Challenge and Pledge
What’s the ‘pizzagram’, you ask? It’s the official Instagram profile he used to chronical his one-year pizza adventure.
Feeney’s first video was taken January 1st, 2015, and shows him enjoying every bite of his pizza with some wine while taking a shower. He admitted he initially did it for fun but decided later on to do it for a noble cause:
“Once the second video was made, I figured there should be a reason for doing it. That’s when I called my aunt and decided to involve Autism Speaks for my cousin Robert.”
Through a Go Fund Me page, Feeney decided to help out Autism Speaks, a United States advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the general public, with the goal of raising $10,000.
He pledged to get a tattoo of a pizza slice if he succeeded.
Pizza is Delicious but Unhealthy
Feeney says there were times he wanted to give up but continued to eat and document because he was not only doing it for himself. No matter what day it was, where he was or what he was doing, he eat pizza.
It’s a good thing he loves pizza, otherwise the challenge would have been pure torture:
“I didn’t get sick of pizza, surprisingly. I guess I really love pizza.”
In fact, the most difficult part of it all was making the creative videos. Feeney considered dropping the project one day in June; fortunately, his mother talked some sense into him, making the point that failure was not an option.
Unsurprisingly, all that Pizza had a toll on his health, although he admitted to not being aware it aside from the few pounds he put on.
Christmas Pizza Miracle
Feeney became concerned that his $10,000 goal might not be reached after only raising 7,155 towards the end of November 2015. But just like what seems to happen in every Disney Christmas movie, a miracle happen.
A happy hour fundraising round pushed him over the original goal with more than two weeks to spare!
With mission accomplished, Feeny ended his year of pizza on December 31st 2015, eating one last slice as he was sprayed with champagne.
He even kept his promise of getting a tattoo, which he had inked two days after the New Year.
“I had never been to a tattoo parlor before, but it was actually a fun time. Explaining that I wanted a slice of pizza tattooed onto my butt was… interesting, but Levi at Psychotic Ink did a tremendous job. All my friends got to watch it happen and he even worked in a Autism Speaks puzzle piece into it.”
A New Year, A New Challenge?
Although he succeeded in raising $10,000 for Autism Speaks, Feeney said he won’t make any rash promises this 2016:
“I suppose it’s the Year of Fitness. Pizza kind of took over the whole working out thing the last six or so months of the year. Maybe by 2017, I’ll be jacked. Who knows?”
Regardless, 2015 will be a year he’ll never forget and be proud of a very, very long time. Who else can say they ate pizza every day for one full year, let alone to raise money for a noble cause?
Starbucks Now Donates Its Unsold Food
After years of deliberation and planning, Starbucks has finally announced that it will donate all unsold food to those in need, starting with its U.S. stores.
The Seattle-based coffee giant gave the green light after successfully working out a way to ensure the unsold food remains safe to eat.
Named FoodShare, Starbucks’ new program will donate unsold ready-to-eat meals from the company’s more than 7,600 outlets across the United States. It partnered up with Food Donation Connection and Feeding America to effectively distribute the meals.
Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the U.S. has many hungry months, with Feeding America reporting that an alarming 14% (17.4 million) of the nation’s households facing food insecurity.
These 17.4 million households represent 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children for a total of 48.1 million Americans who live in homes where regular meals are not guaranteed.
Starbucks estimates that Foodshare will be able to provide almost 5 million meals in its initial year and up to 50 million meals by 2021, so you can bet it could help out a significant number of struggling households.
The company had long wanted to donate its unsold food to charity; however, concerns over the perishability of the food items — many become spoiled by the time they reach the intended recipients — required a solution that took time to develop.
In an interview with Fortune magazine, Starbucks brand manager Jane Maly stated:
“We focused on maintaining the temperature, texture and flavor of the surplus food, so when it reached a person in need, they could safely enjoy it.”
Not only will FoodShare help feed hungry mouths, but it will also go a long way to address the issue of food waste.
Food that is left to rot and decay in landfills could release methane into the atmosphere, and that’s even more destructive than the greenhouse effect of CO2.
Around 70 billion pounds of food are wasted annually in the U.S. alone, a staggering figure by any measure. In Latin America, the amount of food wasted could feed 37 percent of the world’s hungry.
Will you be eating at Starbucks a lot more now that it donates its wasted food? Let us know in the comments below.
For Love of God China, Stop Eating All the Sharks!
The Chinese language must not have a word for ‘extinction’, because in China, people seem to have no qualms about eating every living thing into oblivion. If they were cannibals, the world wouldn’t be facing an overpopulation problem.
Images from Sanya, a fish market located in China’s Hainan Province, have angered netizens worldwide. Apparently, the Chinese have been selling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, an endangered species, in their hundreds for food.
According to China Daily, the sharks are being sold for $4.6 a kilo. It is believed that they were killed for their fins, which command a higher price than their meat.
Of course, shark fin is the main ingredient of the famous shark fin soup, the expensive Chinese delicacy you have probably heard of or had the pleasure of eating.
Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are the most common species of Hammerhead Sharks. They live in-between warm temperate and tropical waters close to shores and can dive to depths up to 500 meters.
The sharks were placed on the “globally endangered” species list back in 2008 after researchers discovered a perceptible 95 percent decline in their population in just a short 30-year span, mainly attributed to the overfishing of the species for their fins.
The fact that there is even an outcry is thanks to the increasing importance social media has had in bringing important topics to global awareness. Popular Chinese social media platform WeChat is said to have been the first to circulate the controversial pictures.
China is in fact is a signatory to an international treaty restricting the sale of Scalloped Hammerheads; however, the recent discovery points to a lack of enforcement of any regulations the country’s government might have in instituted.
Chinese fishermen, who have long made a living from fishing these sharks, are largely unaware that the species are endangered. Authorities are investigating the incident.
Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks aside, other animals the Chinese are eating into extinction include tigers, bears, pangolins and many species of turtles.
While China is not the only culprit in the consumption of rare animals, it’s without a question the biggest. And its impact is being felt across the region. What can be done to discourage them?
Latin America Food Waste Can Feed 37% of World’s Hungry
Latin America and the Caribbean are two of the poorest regions in the world, yet a report by the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has found that they lose or waste up to 348,000 tons of food every day, enough to feed some 37 percent of the world’s hungry.
According to Bernama, the staggering figure is one of the reasons why it’s so difficult to achieve the FAO’s sustainable development objectives (SDO) in the two regions, which were established by in 2015. The goal is to reduce food waste by half by 2030, both at the retail and consumer level and in production and distribution chains.
The organization warns that unless the figure is reduced by 50 percent, there will be no progress made towards those objectives, and the region will continue to have a low standard of living.
Regional governments have established a network of experts, a regional strategy, and a regional alliance to prevent and reduce food losses and waste. Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, in particular, have created National panels to deal with the issue, while Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Saint Vincent, Mexico, Uruguay, Peru, and The Grenadines have discussed similar initiatives.
A U.N. estimate committee has calculated that the sheer amount of food waste in Latin America could feed over 37 percent of the global population suffering from hunger, or roughly 300 million people. That’s around the number of people living in the United States!
Argentina alone wasted 16 million tonnes of food in 2015, representing 12.5 per cent of the national agro-food production.
The FAO acknowledges that Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic have made significant advances to reduce food waste. Let’s hope the other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean follow suite.