CONSERVING OUR NATIONAL RESOURCES: FOOD!! PART I

Health And Wellness

    One excellent way of conserving natural resources without stepping outside your comfort zone is to become aware of what you waste in regard to food and ultimately to let go of what you DO NOT NEED before you purchase it. Living sustainably , to not waste, is to forge strong pro-environmental behaviors so that protecting the planet comes “naturally”> The smallest change can make a positive difference. For example, to do more meal planning and preparation and sticking to the plan can cut alot of waste in your home.

Each year the US federal government serves 30 million children 5 billion meals and MUCH of it is wasted. One third of the world’s foodf, 1.3 billion tons is lost or wasted at a cost of 150 billion dollars annually.  Lost and wasted food is behind more than a quarter (25%) of all deforestation and nearly a quarter of global water consumption.  It generates as much as 10% of all greenhouse-gas emissions.

Food waste is also connected to species extinction. Food production is the primary threat to bio-divserity world wide and is expected to be responsible for 70% of terrestrial bio-diversity loss by 2050. WHAT CAN WE DO? It starts at home. Buying what groceries you need, making the best use of it and without waste is one answer. The true value of food can be seen in relation to the water and other living resources required to bring the food to market.  We need to respect food and all that it truly represents.  This kind of consideration feeds the human spirit.

The implications of this is that it is the little conservations that make the difference. Key ideas to consider and advocate for is that we do not need to take more habitat away from wildlife to grow more food, we simply need to WASTE LESS of what is already produced. We squander so much in the name of convenience, perceived abundance and cosmetic preference and few of us understand that connection that is so vital. Food waste is a conservation issue. The statistics are over-welming especially in the United States. Americans throw away 40% of their food, upward of 400 pounds per person each year on the average while 42 million Americans report that they do not have enough to eat especially in the poverty areas of the country. Successful change of such a devastating phenomena depends on the mind and heart and energy  of anyone and everyone making a commitment to not waste. 

PLEASE START TODAY TO MAKE THIS COMMITMENT!!! THANK YOU!!

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