Wednesday, December 28, 2011

America's food waste

I think that I have posted about this before, but I finally just got the chance to watch the documentary Dive! Living Off America's Waste. I highly recommend that you check it out (it's on netflix on demand if you've got it).

It reminded me that there was once a time not that long ago when wasting food not only didn't happen, but it was totally looked down on.

So think about buying less and eating more of what you've got already. Finish up those leftovers and don't let your food rot. It's actually ok to see the back of your pantry every now and then. Get creative! Find a way to use up the rest of something instead of having to throw it away.

As for me, well one of the reasons that I had time to watch this documentary finally is because I was home sick today. I decided last night to indulge myself and eat a burger when I haven't eaten beef in 20 years. (Seriously, what was I thinking??) I'll leave out the gory details and just say that my body was angry with my impulsive decision. I think it's time for me to seriously consider cutting meat out of my diet again - sorry in advance to my meat eating family members, but you won't be seeing much in the house anymore.

(However, I do reserve the right to enjoy some local bacon or chicken every now and then, but only if I know the farmer personally.)

1 comment:

  1. Leftovers are such a sanity and time saver! Honestly, I don't take the time to cook a meal unless there is enough for at least one more meal for all of us out of it.

    Food waste is a huge problem. Last summer, we were invited over to a family's house for dinner. I was acquaintances with the woman from high school, so I didn't know them very well. After the meal, there was so much food left over and I offered to help wrap up leftovers. She told me, "oh, my husband will not eat leftovers" and proceeded to throw all the perfectly good, untouched food right into the garbage right in front of me. It was easily enough to feed 5 people including 2 full steaks! That memory has stuck with me and my husband as it spoke volumes about what was/wasn't important to them as people. We were not on the same page. Needless to say, there wasn't much there to begin with, so I have not made an effort to advance the friendship!