There is little doubt this situation is just as bad in the US and around the world. Yet the big food companies (not food producers) tell us we’ll all starve if we don’t buy their products to produce more food. It’s a pack of lies. We waste far too much food. What we have is a distribution problem and in the first world countries we have so much food that we are incredibly picky.
Food waste is a subject i feel is important – as a cattle rancher and mom, i hear a lot of people complain (in the US) about the high cost of food, yet most producers (meats, eggs, chicken, vegetables, fruit) barely scrape out a living. The facts are that the cost of production continues to skyrocket, yet, by and large, the producer’s income has remained stagnant while the consumer’s cost has risen only a little. The margins are very thin and oftentimes only the much aligned farm subsidies provided by the govt are the difference between going another year and losing the farm. We could utilise our resources much more efficiently and produce a great deal more foodstuffs. But there is no reason to do so. Food is so cheap, we would simply lose money.
That huge pile of parsnips that Mr Fearnly-Whittingstall is standing in front of could consumed by cattle or sheep or just returned to the soil to be ploughed back in, but will it? For sure, the food you throw into your bin at home will go only to the landfill.
Some time ago, a fellow blogger at Life As I Interpret It, nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you very much. I would encourage visiting her blog since she is bold in sharing real life struggles and challenges in cutting back in a realistic manner without sacrificing small pleasures.
However, not really knowing how to go about responding, I kept putting off responding to the nomination, so here goes.
Here are the instructions:
The rules for this award are below (copied and pasted from the nominator’s site):
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
Notify the bloggers you have nominated
My questions to the nominees are as follows:
What is the most interesting blogging experience you have had? Hmm – really haven’t had any interesting experiences blogging, but when my son posted a dual credit course paper about his great aunt and uncle’s Charolais business, it busted way off the charts! that was exciting. Lonely Statues
If you were to be given an extraordinary amount of cash, what would be the first thing that appear in your mind? How much income tax am i going to have to pay!!!???
What do you think about frugality and what are your best advice to achieve it? I‘m all for frugality! It goes along with thankfulness in my mind. But unless you are driven to live frugally or must because of finances, go ahead and live it up! Somebody’s gotta buy a $1000 pair of shoes, don’t they? How to achieve it?
For us, it is buying second hand clothing for the most part, buying organic food in bulk (not prepared foods – but flour, sugar, cases of frozen veggies, etc and hold out for when it’s on sale). If we want to read a new book, we get it through inter-library loan rather than purchasing. And, in general, just really consider whether or not we need to make a purchase.
Have you ever had a pet? What is your most cherished memory about it? Yes, many since i was very young. They are treasured memories. My most memorable that is gone now is my Quarter horse, See Sum Hum.
My grandparents bought him for me (when i was 16) at auction as a burnt out barrel racing horse – i loved him to pieces. We raced barrels, pole bending, flag racing and whatever else i put in front of him -he was game. Didn’t have a lick of cow sense, but he would always do what i asked, so we were a great team. He was four when he came home with me, but died a few years back at the ripe old age of 29 – we were mates. (i’m gonna cry now.)
Currently, we have an old farm cat we call Thunder. He is 15 years old and still going strong. Still quite the hunter and frequently brings his prey to the door for our approval. Pretty much an outdoor cat, except he likes to come in when it’s cold now.A beautiful stray kitten showed up at the seed plant last fall and we were able to save him. My son named him ‘Ashes.’
What else do you think can be done to reduce the burden of cancer in our communities/countries/world? By and large, many cancers can be avoided with proper diet and environment. Not all, but a good many. So if that is the case, individuals have to be accountable – i can’t change anyone or anything.
Which is more annoying? rain or snow? a bone chilling rain is worse than a dry snow, but a gentle warm spring rain is better than any snow.
Now, for the questions I pass on to bloggers I nominate.
What country or city do you want to visit the most? What makes it so appealing?
Your favourite vacation would be adventure? history? relaxation? other? or all of these?
Do you buy organic or locally grown food when you can? or do you grow your own?
What magazine or newspaper do you read the most?
Do you drive a car, pickup, motorcycle, or something else as your regular vehicle?