This is an excellent article that describes the seemingly
paradoxical problems we have in the US of food waste, obesity, and
hunger. It outlines a study by the National Institues of Health
on food waste at a national level. One startling statistic is the
the food we throw away uses 25% percent of the US fresh water.
Another surprise they found is that 60% of food waste is generated
by the consumer. This means most food waste is a result of an
individual's decision to toss something when in many cases it is
still perfectly fine to eat. I encourage everyone to pursue this
issue further and to rethink what they do with their food waste.
Maybe that banana can still be eaten with a few brown spots.
Maybe these leftovers would be good for lunch tomorrow. Society
can make huge accomplishments through personal behavior changes.
Have a great weekend,
Cheap food is not cheap to produce, and easy to throw away
July 9, 2010