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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

Check out the op-ed on preventing food waste that Nourishing the Planet has in this mornings USA Today. We describe how both the United States and sub-Saharan Africa waste enormous amounts of food. In the U.S. we waste food often by simply buying too much and then throwing it away, while in many parts of Africa food rots in fields or in storage before it ever reaches consumers. But there are ways to prevent food waste and the impact it has on the environment—including buying less food, composting food scraps, and developing better storage systems, such as the PICS bag that protects cowpeas from pests in Niger.

We’ll also be highlighting more innovative ways to prevent food waste in the upcoming State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet. Tristram Stuart, author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, will author a chapter addressing innovations that can help prevent waste in the food system from farm to fork.

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Originally posted to BorderJumpers on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:57 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, BoxerDave, rf80412

    by BorderJumpers on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:57:46 AM PDT

  •  Waste is a status symbol (1+ / 0-)
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    Using more of everything, especially if you don't need it, has always been a powerful symbol of wealth and status on the part of individuals and societies. Making the fullest possible use of the food we produce while eating only what we need to stay healthy would be perceived first and foremost as a sign of poverty, and by the people doing it as well as those who see them doing it. This is unless one makes a big enough show of being frugal on stern principle or out of eccentricity, thereby ennobling it ( at least in one's own mind) while casting the practice into disrepute on a second front.

    Read Thorstein Veblen's "The Theory of the Leisure Class". It's not just economic incentives that are aligned against frugality, but all of our social incentives as well.

  •  At the VERY least (1+ / 0-)
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    We desperately need food waste to be composted.

    All the nitrogen and other nutrients being tossed into landfills could do so much to rebuild the rapidly eroding topsoils that are so crucial to the production of food. We are so good at wasting finite resources in unrecoverable ways...

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