We Humans Throw Away 40% Of Our Food

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Barry Commoner, in one of his four laws of ecology,states:


“Everything Must Go Somewhere.  There is no “waste” in nature, and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.  Everything, such as wood smoke, nuclear waste, carbon emissions, etc., must go somewhere.”


One of the key characteristics of all creatures in Nature is that they never produce any waste that is not used by someone else in the food chain. Everything is recycled. That is, every creature except mankind.


In this short essay, I am going to let a great video about human waste do the talking. According to this video:


“We humans are throwing away about 40% of all the food that we produce.”


This becomes a huge waste if you add in all of the energy and the water that is used and the carbon that is emitted to produce wasted food that is never recycled or used in some productive way.


I leave it up to you to think about what is being said in this video and let you decide.

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Here is a comment from one person who viewed this video:


“I work in a Chinese kitchen at a major grocers. and I’m appalled at the amount of perfectly good food that’s thrown out several times a day. We’re required to trash and then refresh our cases every 4 hrs. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with what we throw out. It temps at safe levels, still tastes good, still looks good etc. but it still gets thrown out. On an average, we throw out around 200 lbs daily, and that’s not counting what the deli throws out. They’ve recently started requiring the deli to separate certain items and put them in a special bin that gets picked up and turned into pet food and that’s a good thing. I know that people used to get vouchers to use at a second hand store to get furniture, clothing, etc. so why don’t we do this for food? I can’t even begin to count the people that have asked for a free sample. Not because they want to taste before buying but because they don’t have money and they’re homeless and hungry or just can’t afford much food later in the month. We have our regulars and we always give them a pretty good sample, or 2, or 3. I’m truly sickened when I have to throw so much out when there are so many people out there that are going hungry. I’ll also add that I’m NOT a vegetarian but I can’t help thinking about all of those chickens that were killed………just to end up in the garbage. When it comes to the produce dept., we had a lady that used to come in and pick up the produce that was being thrown out. She did this for several years and then it stopped. Something to do with her finding a piece of plastic or cellophane (so I was told) and one of her hogs. In this age of “I’m getting a lawyer and suing you for (just about anything these days) ” I can understand that businesses are looking to cover their butts. There has to be a solution, somewhere”


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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

One thought on “We Humans Throw Away 40% Of Our Food”

  1. This is exactly why all world’s Biotech’s collective cry, “We just want to feed the world”, is nothing more than a marketing ploy. Their greedy self-interest has always been about intellectual property, patents and absolute power and control over the world’s food supply. Unfortunately, mankind will NEVER properly address this waste problem. That’s not the kind of world we live in. The best that can be hoped for is responsible indiviuals we scutinize closely their own personal behaviour, but even that is doubtful.

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