December 8

Dear Division 16,

I came across this article that I think combines a few of our discussions: It’s about a chef who anticipated the food waste resulting from the 2016 Rio Olympics.  He used the opportunity to raise awareness about food and food waste.

Please read the article below and answer one of the following questions:

  1. Give your opinion about the project that Bottura has created in Rio.  Do you support the way he is using food waste in Rio?  Why or why not?
  2. Do you think that nations who host world events like the Olympics or an Expo have a responsibility to deal with food waste? Why or why not? What do you think that responsibility is?

I look forward to your responses!




  1. Purple Pom-poms

    1. I think that what Bottura is doing is really good amd it’s definitely better then throwing the food away in the garbage/compost, it’s also very nice of them to feed it to the less fortunate people and not only the healythy, fortunate people who have more food then they need. I think that we should try to do this in more places around the world other then just rio, and the more people we get on the plan of using leftovers the better. Some people don’t realize how many people are starving, while other people are just throwing out perfectly fine food.


    #2 I think in any circumstance a country is hosting a world competition they should set rules and limits on food waste. They should also try to find companies like Massimo bottura’s that volunteer to use the leftovers and give them tickets to the games inreturn for helping build a sense of community in parts of Brazil.

  3. crazymemeslol123

    #1 It comes with a big difference between wasting and reusing and bottura was reusing food that were thrown away from the big olimpic games and why I don’t know it’s either being full or that they don’t like it and using all that food and turn it into soup is amazing and I think it’s a very good project to be starting around the world like what he was saying in the article and I hope canada would be the third place that they are doing the project in I want some of that hot delish soup.

  4. super cheese cake

    #1 I definitely support the way Bottura is doing because we are wasting foods that can be turned in to a meal every day and I think it is a good idea to give these foods to those needed people. They could add more places that recycles wasted food in the world that’s not just in Rio. Plus they could put out posters to donate unneeded food so they could make meals for needed people.

  5. Slapshot18

    #2 it’s a hard choice to make because it’s not commonly spoken about, but I feel it’s not the country’s fault. I say this because they are only serving so much food because there are large events with many people. As a part of human life, people need food. A reason to why there might be so much food waste is because restaurants see a good opportunity to make money and they give out more to bring the price up. Even if this may be a reason, I still feel like it’s not the nations fault. It is simply how business works, and how waste is created. I feel the blame would go to the event sometimes because it’s what attracts the large amounts of people. I think we should be thanking the nations who host events because the areas become crowded, and normal life cannot be lived during the events. This is just simply my opinion.

  6. Amythest

    1. I really agree with the idea and project, that Bottura has started. With our food project learning about the affect food waste has on the earth, and giving the extra food to those in need plus their getting the experience of eating at a fancy restaurant. The chef that came up the the idea of helping out the less fortunate, has really thought the idea through because at a fancy restaurant they normally contribute to the food waste issue, but they haven’t.

  7. Flying Mandarin

    I think it’s a good idea to use the food that will be thrown out to feed the people that are hungry. This is a very nice think to do, having the people that would not have tried a 3 course meal before. It gives an example on how we could reduce food waste in the world.

  8. the engineer


    I support this project because it creates art, prevents food waste and serves the less fortunate. I liked how they made all the food that people didn’t want and turned it into a special meal. I also liked how the restaurant didn’t charge the people for eating so they could afford it. It’s nice to know that some of the world’s famous chefs and artists are donating their time to cook for the poor and I am sure the people loved that nice food.

  9. smeagaleater10

    1# The project that Bottura has created in Rio has helped them in many helpful ways. For example, by using up food that the more fortunate throw away he helps the less fortunate find their next meal. On the other side, I think that they should make less fancy meals in greater numbers to help feed more of the less fortune but still using the same amount of time. I think that the way he is using food waste to combat hunger has helped Rio because he is tackling two big problems at once while being relatively efficient.

  10. Soccerboy123ABC

    2# I think that any place that is holding a world event has a responsibility to keep there city clean and not let the event ruin their homebecause people might not like the event so if there is a big mess then they might have to clean up something that isn’t there’s and people who go to the event have responsibility to follow the rules.I do think that every person has a responsibility for taking a part in anything.

  11. Touchdown

    2#. I definitely do! Because the Olympics and stuff like that are SO big, there are so many people that come from different parts of the world to see the Olympics and since so many people come, there would be a lot of waste. So reusing food is so helpful and I can she how the Olympics likes it because not only does it make the restaurant or even the country look good but it also makes the Olympics look good too.

  12. Joaquin

    #1 I think its a very smart way to tackle food waste by reusing most of the food that was thrown away. There giving people a chance ”to eat like kings and queens” when they might not be able to.

  13. S.P.E.W

    2. I think that they have a huge responsibility for their food waste. They should be giving the extra food to people who need it or lots of different organizations who are going to give it to the people in need, not just throwing it in the trash. Their responsibility is getting the food distrusted to people who take and give to those in need and not just throwing away the food that has 2 weeks left and letting it go to waste.

  14. SKOULE

    1. I support this bottura Rio wasting food thing. Giving the leftovers to the homeless is a thoughtful idea, since it’s also winter most are extra hungry, and are cold. But for some reason I also don’t think it’s a good idea. If it’s the restaurant food won’t there be grams? The homeless already have a tough time. If it has grams won’t it became even worst? But over all I do support this event. It’s a Christmas gift to everyone.

  15. Arcticfox

    2# Yes of course. I believe that big events, for example the Olympics should deal with their waste. Its mostly about us though when we eat food at the Olympics. In the concession stands maybe they could deal with waste by serving meals that people can eat like having sizes. Small medium and large sizes of food so people could pick. Also i think if they had compostable plates/cups that would help with garbage. They could have a good meal or snack that shouldn’t have waste to it. Of course i ahve no idea what that would be but I’m sure they would think of something.

  16. The Baconator

    I think what Massimo Bottura is doing is a great way to reduce food waste and also feed the hungry or less fortunate. I can make a connection to the market place video that we watched. In the video Walmart didn’t take the extra step and to give it to a homeless shelter or to share it to people on the streets. This man is taking the extra step. Also in the video people really didn’t like what Walmart was doing so if Massimo’s company became public it could help reduce many worldwide problems.

  17. The Time Traveler

    I think this is a really good buissness because most places that give out free food to the homeless have volunteer cooks who maybe aren’t very qualified to make good food but with this program actual pro chefs can come in and cook food for the homeless. I support the goals of this buissness because it’s actually pretty good on the sustainability scale because it takes donated food and gives it to people so it isn’t wasted.

  18. Pink Pickle

    #1 I agree with the way Bottura is using food waste because he is gathering donations from restaurants and supermarkets and using the food that they would throw away anyhow and use it to help feed less fortunate people who might not have enough money to feed themselves.

  19. sparkle sloth

    #1. I support his idea because lots of people don’t have enough money to buy their own food and I think it’s a great use of wasted food. I hope more countries will also think it’s a good idea. But at the same time, there are maybe a few flaws. It said in the article that it could only fit 70 people and there are lots more people who need food. I also like the idea that it’s gourmet but not everyone wants something that fancy because the journalist said that she saw a child and usually when people say Gourmet they mean strong or bitter tastes, and not all kids would be very into that. It might be too much for them

  20. Sushi Monster

    #2 I think big events should try harder to reduce food waste and garbage . One of the biggest problems is that the events buy more food for their customers than they need. So when Bottura gives the leftover food to some people who are hungry that helps reduce waste . The events have to buy less food or make arrangements to donate it . It may take a lot of work but its their responsibility they need to step up and do something about it..This world is all we got right now we need to think about what we can do to make a difference.

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