Waste Not Want Not

One of the things I find most frustrating when people talk about food issues is the common (and frequently repeated) misconception that we have a food shortage here on our home planet. I assure you this is not the case. We have an abundance of food. There is plenty to go around, the problem is that it’s not going around. While this is a multi layered problem, one of the reasons that people who need the food aren’t getting the food is because much of it is instead ending up in the trash. Let me say that again for effect: INSTEAD OF GETTING FOOD TO PEOPLE WHO NEED IT, IT’S GOING IN TO THE TRASH.

I stumbled on this article on MSNBC today and thought it did a pretty good job of explaining food waste so I wanted to share it. Click the link below to read:

Experts: 30 to 50 percent of world’s food thrown away

One comment on “Waste Not Want Not

  1. Kate says:

    Amen! We have plenty of food, we need to work at access to it.

    I just stumbled across the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food’s explanation of why half of the 1 BILLION people hungry in this world ironically work in the food sector: massive prices swings, and a limited access to market so they have much less bargaining power for their crops.

    Side note: take a look at this scary graphic! http://pinterest.com/pin/37154765645826021/

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