By Natalie Parisi
An Introduction to the Problem
Food waste is something that affects us all. It happens anywhere food has a presence; the grocery store, restaurants, in our homes, at schools, on farms, in production and even in transportation. It affects people everywhere; those living oceans away and those that share our boarders, people living across America and throughout Utah, businesses and households alike.
Being Aware is a Personal Responsibility
So is the problem food waste itself, or that food is being thrown out when there are alternative options? Or is it that we just don’t stop to consider there is a problem? My concern is that it’s not a priority for most people. In addition, there are …show more content…
And since we now throw away more food than anything else, that means we are throwing away a lot of our money.” (“Basics,” par. 2)
They went on to say that wasting food does more than impact our economy; it also impacts our environmental severely. This is because food that goes to the landfill quickly rots and becomes a significant source of methane gases, which can potently lead to global warming. “Landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions. (“Basic,” par. 3) Landfill, though a great resource, are not the only place to discard of things that we deem garbage, especially with food waste.
One impact that I would like to address briefly is the role that food waste plays in continued hunger and poverty. Take a moment to consider what you already know regarding these issues. Think about growing up and hearing your mother nag about the starving children who would never imagine wasting even a bite of the food. It may seem cliché but it is relevant. We know that hunger and poverty are everywhere. I think that we often shrug it off as something that we have no control over. Being aware is power. It’s a very simple thing that can help us to change our perception. All of this is relevant and there are things that we can and should be doing as