96 billion pounds per year = $136 billion/annually,
11 million pounds per hour,
3,000 pounds per second
“North American consumers make more food waste than anyone else on the planet. But there’s an upside to that:
Just about any improvement will mean progress.”
~ Monica Eng, Diving into the food waste problem
We can seek solutions on so many fronts: home, school, work, restaurants, grocery, retail, production, transportation. What if instead, these entities banded together to address the problem across a system?
A simple ask for change followed in the 2010 documentary Dive details Jeremy Seifert’s exploration of L.A. grocery dumpsters and the policies in place that lead to such waste. Taking a daring stand, feeding his young family a primarily dumpster-based diet, Seifert exposes specifically the practices of Trader Joe’s that leads to bountiful nightly waste.
“Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your ability to revere, and the universe becomes a marketplace for you”
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
Turning the brokenness of the food system on its head by living off its waste, Seifert makes an important statement about the ramifications of collective corporate decisions and the potential for consumer impact upon awareness. While past & present efforts driving change exist, a unified stance will be required to turn the tide in the hearts of consumers and the minds of corporations. Sharing is caring and today, on Earth Day, with future generations in mind, may we hope, ask for & actively seek change, individually & collaboratively.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
~ The Lorax