Love, Eat, Pray…Really

Nope, this isn’t about a book of my travels.  Or anyone else’s, for that matter.  This is real life.

According to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1.2 billion tons of food gets thrown away each day.  Yes, you read it right.  That’s B as in Billion!  As much as half of the world’s total production, into the trash heap.

Now consider this: By 2075, the United Nations predicts, 9.5 billion of us will crowd our planet.  Which means three billion more mouths to feed before the end of this century.

So what are we to do, other than reheat leftovers and serve them the next day?  Well, we can change our expectations. The report says that markets reject entire crops because the produce isn’t perfect.  A friend of ours had a nice little business with their hand-planted persimmon trees.  They sold the delicious fruit to Costco, in fact.  Until one year when a cold spell caused the crop to show a smattering of small black spots.  Natural, yes.  And no real problem, except that people are used to demanding perfection. So Costco stopped buying, and our friends’ little stand in front of their house couldn’t support the orchard.  So when the problem persisted, they pulled up their fully-laden trees and plowed the fruit under.

Let’s Love our global neighbors-to-be enough to Eat wisely, then let’s Pray that all mouths will be filled.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

Mother Teresa

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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2 Responses to Love, Eat, Pray…Really

  1. Alice W. says:

    That photo at the bottom of your article says a lot, there is not only enough food thrown out every day to feed many a person that goes to bed every night hungry; it is also a crying shame and i am almost sure it is not only a shame but a sin as well. May God have mercy on us all and help us to find better ways to feed the hungry and less fortunate in this world we live in….

    • kaystrom says:

      I agree with you, Alice. Not that people are doing it purposely, but we will still be held accountable for what we do or fail to do. About caring for one another, Jesus said, “In as much as you have not done it to the least of these, you have not done it to me.”

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