We’re lucky to live in a country that takes its food supply for granted. The closest any of us get to experiencing an actual food shortage isn’t really comparable to one at all; we usually just pay a little more when items get scarce. All of us will experience some of that in the coming months when corn-based items get pricier after this summer’s drought. But that’s it — for the most part, we never really go without. Not like other countries are forced to do, anyway.
And we’ve all seen those images from places around the world where food isn’t readily available. So why is our culture still wasting so much? It’s a concerning trend. Two articles we ran across seem to detail the problems, from both the individual/family perspective as well as food retailers’.
The first, from www.pressconnects.com: “Report: Families toss up to 20 pounds of food per person each month” 20 pounds per person, per month!
The second, from the Natural Resources Defense Council staff blog, penned by Peter Lehner, attacks the issue from the supermarket’s perception: “Food Waste in Supermarkets, Part 2: Pursuing Perfection, Driving Waste” is a good primer on the shift toward supermarkets’ abandonment of practices that limited food waste in favor of reducing costs. Both articles are eye opening.
Impact companies let us address some of this problem. For instance, EcoScraps has come up with a fantastic solution for waste that doesn’t allow food to just be discarded, despite how much more of it actually is these days.