We're Throwing Out Too Much Damn Food and It's Killing the World


Mother Jones brings us their usual cheery fare in the form of some fairly staggering statistics about worldwide food and water consumption and waste. Spoiler alert on rotten food: We’re a bunch of wasteful assholes.

According to MJ and a new report released by a British engineering society “billions of tons of food are squandered each year because of poor agriculture practices, which include inefficient harvesting and inadequate infrastructure and storage-and it’s depleting Earth’s water supply.”

Yikes! I’ve seen enough disturbing documentaries about the world’s water supply and its mismanagement, corruption, and disappearance, that I’m about to head to my fridge and drink all the expired Silk Nog in it. If you don’t see my columns later today, call poison control. Or, just bake and eat a dozen vegan cupcakes in my honor, it’s what I would’ve wanted.

Ready for some even more startling statistics? MoJo doesn’t let you down:

According to the report, developing countries, including India, China, and Vietnam, don’t have the infrastructure to stop food from rotting. But that doesn’t mean that Americans are off the hook: Developed societies tend to waste food on the consumer end of the chain, because it doesn’t meet cosmetic standards (i.e., the tomatoes aren’t pretty enough for your local supermarket) and also because consumers and supermarkets are throwing away perfectly good food, largely because of conservative “use-by” labels.

What was I saying about my fridge? Because I really mean it now. Waste not, want not. (Except for the wanting of a stomach pump sometimes.) (JK, you’ll be fine, go eat those leftovers now please.)

[Mother Jones]

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