Food waste, is it really possible?

Josephine PollardPhotograph by Josephine Pollard Words by Frank Think

In the UK we throw away about 7 million tonnes of food and drink per household every year. Of this we could have consumed 4.2 million tonnes, or about £60 per household each month. An estimated 17% of total food wasted originates from fish, meat, dairy and eggs the remainder includes salad, vegetables, fruit, bakery and drinks. On a daily basis the average household throws away 1.1 million eggs and 1.4 million bananas. Part of the good news is the since 2007 the avoidable average household waste has been reduced by 21%, even better news is that sunlight is still free and with improved farming practice there is even more food available to satisfy diverse growing consumer markets. There are negatives to food waste however as in most things there are upsides.

The sunlight, soil nutrients, water and air are available to grow food products that supports agricultural workers, food transporting and sales markets also maintain an army of workers and finally the refuse cleaning operatives support families. If food waste was reduced it will hurt different job sectors and many families.

So what is the real shock with food waste? The universe has limitless energy vibrating on an untold number of levels that manifest in our reality as physical matter which grows, is packaged, sold and eventually returns to nutrient matter through human, or rubbish waste. The body absorbs and retains a small amount of food matter but after ‘four-score and ten’ even that is reabsorbed into universal energy.

There must be something shocking with this cycle or am I missing the point!


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