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  •  We already have a food problem. (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, JeffW

    Globally, we produce sufficient to provide 9 billion people with adequate nutrition and yet some of the 6+ billion we actually have are starving and/or malnourished. Which means that fully one third of what we produce is going to waste. And that's not including the food that goes to the dump because somebody doesn't like the taste.

    Certainly, pumping carbon from the earth's crust into the atmosphere is wrong and if it affects weather patterns, that serves us right. However, nattering about the weather does not address how we can stop waste. To do that, we have to change our whole perspective on what's economic and what's not. Waste is un-economic. That is, waste is the antithesis of economic behavior -- i.e. the trade and exchange of resources and products we don't need to use right away. Mountains of waste are evidence of a failed economy. For some reason, we reognize that humans ought to have to scramble for sustenance at the dump, but why dumps are made in the first place doesn't get asked.

    Maybe it's a matter of the instinct to drop what we don't want triumphing over intent. Maybe we throw stuff away before we think.

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