Think before you throw…


I read a great article on http://sidewalksprouts.wordpress.com entitled ‘One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal’ and thats so true, isnt it! If we think about all the food we waste over a week or month I’m sure its far more than we’d like to admit.

This image is from The New York Times article about rising grocery bills and food consumtion/ waste. The image itself represents ‘A family of four’s monthly share of American food waste’ …. which at first glance looks like a rather nice weekly shop really…. doesnt it?!

The upshot of the article is rising food bills and near empty food banks. (apart from the kids taking tins to school i didnt know about food banks, either there are none in our area or theyre not advertised/ promoted enough. )

“an estimated 27 percent of the food available for consumption, according to a government study — and it happens at the supermarket, in restaurants and cafeterias and in your very own kitchen. It works out to about a pound of food every day for every American.

There was a great documentary recently (reasonably), about freeganism or the less romantic title dumpster diving. Incase you didnt know freegans eat for free but ‘diving’ into the large bins or bags behind restaurants, supermarkets etc…. now I get the theory, the food isnt spoilt… ever wondered what happens to the food the passes bought by dates in shops and isnt sold…. its thrown..WHAT A WASTE. The same goes for coffee shops and restaurants.

Favourite quote of the week “After President Bush said recently that India’s burgeoning middle class was helping to push up food prices by demanding better food, officials in India complained that not only do Americans eat too much — if they slimmed down to the weight of middle-class Indians, said one, “many people in sub-Saharan Africa would find food on their plate”

But how/ why are we all wasting this when there are thousands going with out…. not just globally but OUR OWN BACK YARD!

Back to food banks…. They always say charity begins at home. And personally, however unpopular I may be, I’d much rather help people in my own area that need it than send money to an african country knowing only a third of it gets there (2/3 taken this end in ‘admin’ costs… disgusting).

According to sky news  “Food banks were almost unheard of just a few years ago – now they are being opened in the UK at the rate of one every four days.”

BBC News  “A record number of people are turning to charities to help them feed their families. The Trussell Trust, which runs the UK’s only network of food banks, fed almost 129,000 people last year, including 6,000 in Scotland. The food bank gives people referred to it an emergency supply of dried and tinned food.”

The independent “Jobcentres to send poor and hungry to charity food banks – Tens of thousands of benefits claimants will be referred to food banks by the Government, which is worried that many Britons face a stark choice: starvation or feeding themselves by begging or stealing.”

The Guardian “Foodbank handouts double as more families end up on the breadline”

The Trussell Trust is a Christian organisation that organises food projects in a lot of areas… have a look through their site, you can even donate through it or volunteer.<— might be a nice idea now that little miss E is in morning nursery….. will see if there is anything in our area.

This experiment has not only tought us about where our food comes from but also where it goes, although our food waste has radically diminished, its still worth a a good bit of thinking…

… do you do any volunteering in your area?

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2 responses to “Think before you throw…

  1. I once wrote a blog post called; what if we all ate less. The theory was sound but I am still trying to lead by example and not being overly successful. *sighs* It’s just too much available in your face. Poor excuse I know and I am going to try harder.

    • We’ve got a great ‘excuse’ with rationing… it gives us quite strict boundries which means cutting down on the things that really produce the most waste… we’ve noticed that since we converted to rations, that there just isnt the food to throw away.

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