VIDEO: Eat My Words – Don’t Waste

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson May 4, 2015 16:24


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Some London school students want to raise awareness regarding food waste, and they’re doing it in a very creative way.  It’s easy for most of us to toss leftovers and spoiled food from the refrigerator or scrape the remains of a meal off a plate because we’re full (and we took too much in the first place), but we as a world community of people need to be ever conscious of the fact that, while our families may be eating well, there are many people who go hungry every day.  This October 16th is World Food Day, but I think it’s important to talk about the facts on a regular basis and find ways to contribute towards the goal of ending world hunger.   A statement made on the website: sums it up quite well:

You need to see food as a final product of a complex chain of processes.  By throwing it out, you throw away water that was used to produce it.  You throw away all the work that was put into the production of corn for cow’s food.  You throw away a piece of land that was used to produce your favorite red tomato.

Here are some more (but certainly not all) facts surrounding food waste in this world:

1. 1/3 of all food in the world is wasted.  This 1.3 billion tons of food would be enough to feed 4 times all the hungry in the world.

2. Almost 1 billion people are hungry worldwide.  On the other hand around 1.5 billion people in the whole world are overweight and 400 million are obese.

3. An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year worth $2,275.

4. A 20% reduction in food waste would be enough to feed 25 million Americans.

5. 40% to 60% of all fish are discarded because of the wrong size, species or some other regulations.

6. Every year the EU throws away 90 million tons of food.  If put on trucks, it would span the equator.

7. There are laws that make producers throw out potatoes because they are too small, cucumbers too curvy and tomatoes that don’t have the right shade of red.

8. Supermarkets tend to lock their dumpsters so that people can’t see what is inside.

9. Dumpster divers are people that go from one supermarket to another looking for free food in the garbage bins.  They are part of the freeganism movement.  Many say that they would never be able to afford such good quality food.

10. Sell by dates – products have two types of dates.  One is for customers: “use by” or “best by” and the other is for supermarkets: “sell by” date.  To avoid selling expired products supermarkets throw out food that is still edible.

One could say that food waste shows a complete and utter disregard for the efforts of farmers.  Let’s all work harder at treating food like we treat money.  How would you like to hand $100 to a neighbor, watch them toss $33 in the trash and put the rest in their pocket knowing that the $33 they threw away could have been put to good use?  We’ll post more information later on the issue of world hunger and actions you can take….but for now, take a look at this video by those British students.

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson May 4, 2015 16:24
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