This weekend I read an article in Delicious Living, a free magazine from our co-op. I'm still reeling from what I read about wasting food:
If only we all had smaller eyes — or bigger stomachs. U.S. residents throw away about 100 billion pounds of food every year (nearly 3,000 pounds per second), enough to feed 60 million people. At the same time, more than 35 million Americans are hungry or on the edge of hunger. At greatest risk are households with children, families headed by a single woman, and people with incomes below the poverty line. We've got an abundance of food; we just waste lots of it. Consider this: We recycle half of all used paper, a third of all used metal, but only 2 percent of leftover food.
I'm beyond horrified. Long time readers know my dad lived through The Great Depression and, believe me, there was nothing great about it. He got his first job when he was 4 years old, setting up pins at the bowling alley. A year later he got a job hauling scrap metal and tires over a mile. When he grew up, he wasn't afraid to invest in the stock market, but the one thing he HATED was wasted food. Consequently, so do I.
Please read the rest of the article here to find out what you can do to help. And remember these common sense rules from my dad:
1. If you put it on your plate, eat it.
2. If you don't know how much you can eat, or if you will like it, take only a tablespoon -- you can always go back for more.
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