Did you see photographer Peter Menzel's series of one weeks of groceries from around the world? It's all over the internet and you can check it out HERE if you haven't seen it. Beware, it's a reality check.
started at the top thinking 'Wow Mexicans eat a lot of fruit and
veggies, good for them! Though it might be wise to cut down on the coke
dudes...'. USA's huge amount of junk food I found quite shocking, would
they eat that every week?? Yuck. They also drink a disturbingly small
amount of water... just like Australians eat way too much meat and that
German family must be drunk most days... At first I found it funny to
just see the difference in what people from different countries eat,
every family is different of course but it gives a nice comparable
overview. When I got to Mali my gaze shifted to the amount of food
versus the number of people and when I got to Chad it just made my heart
at the difference we must be able to eat less. How much do we not need.
We don't need to eat chips, drink fizzy drinks or put sauce on
everything. However I can live with that difference if only we would do
something about the waste we in the (mostly) Northern hemisphere create.
Look at the packaging! After Chad has eaten all it's food (which
definitely does not take long) it just has a few sacks left which they
most likely reuse. Japanese on the other hand probably have more waste
than food. Ever wonder where that goes and what that does to our
atmosphere? Not only does Chad's population not have enough food while
we so clearly have too much, we are polluting their air while they don't
even know it. Our concern with other countries also clearly shows when,
as I look at the pictures, I know where all the countries with lots of
food are... I had to look up Chad.
Bottom line: Waste as
little food as possible, recycle, have a compost bin in your yard and
also one for rain water, try to keep your fast food intake to a minimum
and bring your own bags to the store. Instead of paper or plastic, you
can say: Here use mine!