While much of the world lives under a constant threat of starvation, we waste an extraordinary amount of food in our culture. Consider these facts I saw in an article in World Ark magazine.
- In the U.S. 40% of food is thrown away
- The amount of food waste in the U.S. has increased by 50% since 1974
- 1/3 of the food produced worldwide is never eaten
- Every year 222 million tons of food are thrown away in industrialized nations, enough to feed 925 million people.
We try to be very careful here to waste no food. We try not to prepare more than we can eat. Any table scraps are given to the chickens or put into our compost pile. I’m convinced that one of the reasons food waste has increased so much is because of the separation of people from the production of their food. Trust me, if you work hard to raise the food, you’re not going to just throw it away. If you raised the animal who ends up on your plate, you will not just throw it away because you’re not as hungry as you thought you were.