The US wastes about 40% of all edible food, and this is according to the national resource defense council. According to them, if Americans saves just 15% of the wasted food, it could feed 25 million people. During an Earth Day this year, MSNBC aired “Just Eat It” documentary that seeks to examine the ways that rigid commercial standards for packaging safety leads to food waste to demonstrate how food is being wasted, filmmakers Grant Balwin and Jenny Rustemever give up a grocery shopping for about 6 months and live off that food that would have been thrown away.
Following the film, MSNBC aired a panel discussion featuring newly installed food correspondent Tom Colicchio, who serves as a judge on Bravo’v Top Chef where he offers ways consumers can curb food waste. “Just Eat It” is part of NBC Universal push to try and address environmental issues and to cover a broader set of stories that inspires and moves Americans through it’s progressive lens.” Said company’s spokesperson…
In the year 2012, Americans threw away roughly 35 million tons of food, according to environment protection agency. That is almost 20% more food that US tossed out in the year 2000, 50% more than 1990, and almost three times what America discarded in the year 1960. In 1980, food wastage accounted to less that 10% of the total waste today and this makes up well over a fifth on the century total garbage. This means that US is now throwing away more food than they do with garbage like plastic, glass, metal, or even papers.
About a third of the food produced worldwide is not eaten and the problem is higher in developed countries, where food is seen as more expendable than it is elsewhere. Every year, people from rich countries waste as much food as 222 million tons, which is as much as the entire net food production in sub-Saharan Africa.
The worst thing about this situation is that when Americans are throwing away food, an estimated 1 in every 9 people in the world are starving as a result of insufficient food, including the 200 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million in Asia even in the US where the number is significantly lower, some 14% of the US people still struggle to put food on the table.
The level of food wastage in America suggests that curbing hunger is not a matter of producing more food but preserving and distributing the food that is currently being processed. As the United Nations noted in its report on world hunger, there is enough food to feed all the seven billion people in the world today.
With most of the wasted foods coming from businesses such as restaurants and fast foods, it is about time people strive to make good use of the food they have rather than throwing it away. We have spectacular chefs in many restaurants who might have enough knowledge on food recycling instead of wasting it.