Leftover Mentality

At a time of food riots around the world, the average American family throws out 30 pounds of unspoiled food per month (pictured above).

As it turns out, Americans waste an astounding amount of food — an estimated 27 percent of the food available for consumption, according to a government study — and it happens at the supermarket, in restaurants and cafeterias and in your very own kitchen. It works out to about a pound of food every day for every American.

Since food banks all over the country are experiencing unprecedented demand because of the economic downturn, isn’t there some way to manage this?

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0 Responses to Leftover Mentality

  1. Morgan Warstler says:

    1. Make food cost more. Check.
    2. Modify food genetically so it stores longer. Check.
    3. Get your wife pregnant. Check.

  2. Jon Taplin says:

    Morgan- You sound like Mitt Romney

  3. Tim H. says:

    There is a food rescue organization in our area which attempts to solve this problem by picking up food from restaurants and grocery stores (or any other situation with a large amount of food waste) and delivering it to local food banks.

    It’s located in Iowa and called Table to Table (www.table2table-ic.org).

    I assume similar non-profits exist across the nation, although I have no idea. What is needed is a greater awareness of the food waste issue to help these organizations broaden efforts.

    This post is a start.

  4. Rick Turner says:

    1. Make food cost more…
    Who is going to do that? The farmers or the agro-biz corporate welfare recipients? The government? Yeah, that’s a good libertarian policy. Don’t worry, food is about to get a lot more expensive, and it will hurt the poor the most. Fat cats will still eat the fat…

    2) Modify food genetically…
    Is it safe? Or don’t you care? Yeah, let the market work it out, and if a bunch of folks die, so what? That’s the market correcting itself, right?

    Seems like not even plastic packaging is safe…chemicals that mimic hormones are now seen to be leaching out into food… Do you trust agrobiz to protect our health? Shit, we can’t even trust the EPA to keep lead out of the paint in our kids’ toys, Morgan. Well, maybe you were one of the early ingestors of the new food…

    3) Get your wife pregnant… Why? I don’t want to get your wife pregnant. Besides which if I were screwing her, she wouldn’t get pregnant…I’ve had a vasectomy like most of American males should get.

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