Food Waste at Record High — How to Reverse It
|March 8, 2014||Posted by Staff under Health|
This 2014 excerpt of Guardian LV, Feb 28, is by Grace Stephen.
Food wastage globally is at an all-time high. Americans are perhaps the most wasteful people in the planet’s history and also one of the most gluttonous. Over 35 percent of Americans can be classified as officially obese.
Within the United States one third of the 430 billion pounds of food produced annually is thrown away. The wastage was caused by spoilage, inadequate or incorrect cooking, or suffered natural shrinkage because of the loss of moisture. A large chunk of the wastage was also caused by people who did not like the food they bought and therefore simply threw it away.
Meanwhile, laws have been put into place that ban the feeding of homeless people in every city of the country.
After the drought in California, the region is unable to produce the usual amount of food; prices are set to skyrocket.
Ed. Notes: Food waste with widespread hunger must be the height of irony. It shows once again that our economic problem is not a matter of production but a matter of distribution. Get rid of subsidies and taxes and individual capture of natural values. Then everyone will have enough opportunity to prosper and avoid hunger. As for the already prosperous, maybe they need to pay more to have their wastes picked up from their curbside.