Food Waste in America Shows Lack of Appreciation

Posted on May 25 2011 - 2:22am by Mike Lieberman

We all know that food is wasted in our country, but there was a post on Planet Green “1/3 of Global Food Production Goes to Waste” written by Sara Novak that caught my eye.

Think about that. Over 30% of the food in this country that is grown for human consumption is wasted. To me that shows a lack of appreciation for food.

It’s not too much of a surprise that the richer nations in North America and Europe are the ones that waste more food than the less developed countries.

As a society we have become so far removed and disconnected from food that we waste so much of it. It’s so readily available and easy for us to get.

When I was living in New York, I went “dumpster diving” a few times and that really opened up my eyes to how much usable food was wasted because it wasn’t “perfect.”

There are ways that Sara mentions that we can cut back on food waste, but I think it starts with the way that we think about food.

If we were to all start getting our hands dirty and growing some of our own food, even just one thing, it would make a difference. It would make a difference in how you eat and how you think about food as well.

What’s your thoughts on the amount of food waste in America?