After viewing the graphic of wasted food, I am both shocked and disgusted. When comparing the numbers of wasted food in developed nations to the numbers of poorer nations, a lot of trends are apparent. Developed countries fail to appreciate the importance of food and how lucky they are. Because it is readily available to them, people in developed countries treat food like it is air. They think everyone will always have access to food so it is ok to take too much because there will never not be enough food for them. People in underdeveloped countries appreciate food because they cannot afford to waste such precious commodity. The fact that we continue to degrade our environment more that we need to for absolutely no reason is absurd.
I too agree that the amount of food wasted in developed countries is very alarming when compared to the amount of food wasted in developing countries. Although it is surprising to see actual statistics that represent the amount of food that we are wasting, I don't think that the people are to be solely blamed. In fact, I believe that the ignorance of consumers results in the increase of global food waste. As consumers, our perception of food is distorted by mass media and the agribusiness industry. Since the developments of the green revolution, a lot of people in affluent countries don't know what "real" produce looks like. The rise in genetically modified produce has trained consumers to throw out products that are not appealing to the eye even if they are perfectly healthy. The food we don't like can easily be returned to the local supermarket where it is thrown out even if the food wasn't directly touched. The media also influences our perception of food. Billions of dollars are spent on fifteen second advertisements. Foods that a child might enjoy are placed on the shelves that are at a child's eyesight where they are more likely to grab the item and ask their parent's to purchase it. Overall, I don't think most people in developed countries intentionally waste products. Their opinion on food is often molded by their environment.
I agree with Kathryn. It's shocking how wasteful citizens are in developed countries. On a small scale it seems that what we throw away wont have much of an impact. We tend not to think other people think this way as well and it adds up. We as a whole fail to see the big picture of the consequences of our actions.
This is a great graphic that explains the difference between the different categories of organic food as well as genetically modified food. It also provides a guid to let you know what the labels and barcodes look like on each of these kinds. This graphic can help people to become a more aware and educated consumer.
Here is a New York Times article that is very much related to the global food waste article. I found the global food waste article to be very informative in the way we consume food.It appears to be a very detrimental issue. In the New York Times article It further explained these issues and predicted what would happen in the future if we continue on this path
After watching Food Inc, it opened my eyes to many atrocities in the food industry that hurt not only individuals but the environment. With that being said, I believe that educating the public on these issues and providing reasonable alternatives to processed foods would make a big difference. A lot of people, myself included, are often unaware of just how corrupt the processed food industry is and how animals are hurt in the process and the financial burden put on so many farmers. If this issue was publicized more, a positive change could be made.
This video is a scary example of just one of the many processed foods we eat , in its true form. It's important to be aware of what we are putting inside our systems. Not only is it bad for our health, but the chemicals used to treat some of these foods are bad for th environment and are injected into animals to grow at a faster rate. http://youtu.be/T67DvoH2H3E
After reading through this compilation of global food waste staistics, I was truly shocked and disturbed by all of the percentages of food wasted. I thought the graphics they presented were really informative and convincing because they presented the information in a visually accessible way, meaning that the examples they provided such as the fact that "if food waste were a country, it would rank as the third highest national emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China" made the reader truly understand what is at stake. Although I was aware of the fact that food waste is a problem, I didn't know that this much food was being wasted. I also didn't know that the simple act of throwing away food scraps at the end of your meal is part of the problem. I'm glad I read this article because it provided informative solutions to our daily wasteful habits - I will definitely make an effort to put them into practice.