Food Waste

My grandparents just turned 10 years old, when the second World War started. A war means: Poorness, Loss and Hunger. Survivors of a war can’t imagine to throw away eatable food.[1]

All the more incredible that todays western world affords it to throw away half of their produced food. The dimension of this waste is huge: Perfect bananas, biologically grown zuchhinis and whole-grain bread are only a little detail of the food you can see in the containers of supermarkets every day.

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04.08.2017 – found in the „organic garbage“ bin

Why should you think about food waste?

Think of a potato. The farmer puts it into his field, the potato plant grows, it gets water, fertilizer and sometimes the farmer even puts poisonous pesticides on it. The potato plants need plenty of land. Then the farmer harvests the potatoes, washes them. Sometimes they even get packed and transported to the supermarket. But nearly half of the crop won’t arrive there. And in the households of the consumers, another part of the potatoes are thrown away.

The potatoe is only an example: Every food experiences such a history, some foods have a longer one, others a shorter. How much energy, resources, fields and money are wasted on all the foods thrown away!

We eat food. We depend on it, but most of the people in western industrialised countries don’t realize that any more. It is frightening to see how less appreciation people show towards food.

In my opinion it is ethically condemnable to throw away food, whilst other people some thousands of kilometers away starve.

However, I also want to talk about solutions and strategies to solve these problems. What can you do to avoid food waste? And how can you show engagement to have not only an impact on your food waste, but also to influence other people? This topic helps you with answers.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jan/10/half-world-food-waste