Speak boldly Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall!
From BBC News Magazine
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.
Okay, i’ll step off my soapbox now! 😉
The Off Duty Wall Street article is subtitled, ”
Interesting article – Neat how survival/frugal living/done-for-centuries lifestyles are now becoming ‘haute‘! Doesn’t everyone already do this?! Well, maybe not the fancy recipes, but food should never be wasted. Egg shells and coffee grounds make awesome soil amendments. Whatever parts of plants you simply cannot stomach can be turned into compost or fed to the chooks. Or feed all those scraps to worms which you can use to go fishing. But don’t ever let food go to waste!
and my comment posted to the article on the Wall Street Journal site:
Here is another thought from Burke Teichert, a man whom I’ve yet to meet, who has words of wisdom and experience worth pondering taken from his column “Strategic Planning for the Ranch” in Beef magazine.
“We can all think of things we used to do. We quit doing them because we discovered they were not necessary –often long after they’d ceased to be necessary, if they were ever necessary in the first place. I’ll guarantee most of us are still doing things that don’t need to be done, but cost us time and money.”
Burke Teichert, a consultant on strategic planning for ranches, retired in 2010 as vice president and general manager of AgReserves Inc. He resides in Orem, Utah. Contact him at email@example.com
What are some things you do that are time wasters? I know i have some, but it seems like they come from poor planning rather than day to day wasting (although this blog may easily fall into that category, but I am hoping it will build into a business someday). Questions i ask myself: What am i doing right now? Is it costing me time and money? or is it a good investment for my time and money? If it is a cost, why am I doing it? Sometimes we do things because we enjoy them and that’s okay IF we can afford it. For example, if we have no debt, if we have some serious savings, and if we can easily live within our means. But if we struggle with finances, we need to seriously slash those costs that yield no income. Don’t fall into a trap of justifying anything.