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.”