In the United States, we throw away nearly half of our food. Yep, you read that correctly. About 40% of the food produced in the United States ends up in the trash. And if you are following our posts, you know that trash actually means landfills where it will go to live on as a sad, half-eaten banana from your kids’ lunch, or tragically ugly carrot that never sold at a super market, literally forever. Hopefully, anyway; because if the food does start to break down it is because the landfill was not sealed properly, which also means other toxic things are likely happening as well, such as leachate excretion and greenhouse gas production.
With the amount of hunger in the world, talking about food waste as an increasingly alarming environmental problem seems irresponsible. Yet here we are, adding ironic insult to injury. We use land and resources to produce food, so that we can use more land and resources to keep it in dumps instead of feeding people who are hungry or returning it to the soil where it belongs.
At BioCoTech, we see food waste as a two-part problem: production and process. Focusing on the amount of food we purchase and discard is an essential aspect of solving the organic waste problem in the Americas, as well as an opportunity to think of ways for more equitable distribution. At the same time, some food waste is inevitable. Whether we are talking about inedible bones or meat scraps, vegetable pulp, or spoiled foods, we just can’t eat everything. But at BioCoTech, we believe that where food can’t feed people, it should feed the earth. Food waste is still rich nutrients that can be naturally processed to replenish soil as compost, and used improve food production.
It’s time to change how we think about food waste. Let’s make less to make more.