The Independent tells us that people are going whole days without food in the year the grains failed. Poor harvests are a real problem as I wrote yesterday. But is that the main reason for hunger? The European Union (EU) says that in the developed world, far too much food is wasted at the retail and consumption stages.
I find this very easy to believe and impossible to condone. It’s become commonplace for people to throw good food away, whether into landfill or into any other waste stream. I’m proud to be old-fashioned in this way. My mother, and the Home Economics classes we had at school in the 1970s and 1980s, taught me to be thrifty. Waste not, want not. More and more I find that I’m in a minority with this. I’m hoping for a change in attitudes, as seen at Love Food Hate Waste. The BBC tells us about recipes for leftovers. My mother cooked liked that, using recipes by Elizabeth David and other important role models. The meals were excellent.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says that we do well to eat leftovers if we do it safely. When we in the rich countries throw good food away, who benefits from it? You probably know the answer. The rats get fat.