In the U.S., we’ve become accustomed to excess in every form. The supermarkets overflow us with more calories than any one of us could ever need, the shopping malls with more clothes than any one of us will ever wear. But all of that goes unnoticed as we hurry about our busy lives. Who has time to try and grind the wheels of corporate consumerism to a halt?
But the problem of waste is one that will not go away unless each of us has something to do with it. Waste and loss along the road from plow to plate result in up to 40 percent of our food finding its way to the trash instead of our hungry mouths.
This issue represents tremendous expenditures of energy and water, plus dangerous and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, the solution to this dilemma is within our grasp — simply raising awareness, spurring common sense changes in our shopping, and encouraging more efficient eating and disposal habits may one day be enough to convince our culture to shift away from such self-destructive practices of consumption.