The Secret to Being a Super Thrifty, Skinny, and Socially-Conscious Humanitarian: Buy Less Food

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One third.

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That’s how much of the world’s food we waste.

If that wasted food went to people that need it, world hunger would be over.

Surprise to no one, the greatest source of wasted food is North America. Through shortages, recessions, and rising unemployment rates, we continue to waste like there is no tomorrow.

We are a culture completely obsessed with food. As of 3/18/14, there are nearly twenty-four million posts on instagram tagged #foodporn. There is an entire channel dedicated to food. The hotdog eating record is sixty-nine dogs in three minutes. This video of a man eating four chipotle burritos in three minutes has over one million views.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to enjoy food, it is fantastic to love what you eat and feel happy eating it. I think that can look like eating a big bowl of ice cream or a massive order of deep fried magic, but I don’t think that’s what it usually looks like.

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Our obsession with food stems from a larger problem: we are terrible at moderation. We make that clear with our waistbands, television dimensions, and impressive debts to credit card companies. We have trouble saying ‘no’.

More than that, we put too much of our worth into what we own, and that translates into wasteful excess.

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This isn’t a problem that will be solved overnight, but the solution begins with individual commitment to change. We have to accept that we are not alone on this earth, and our decisions radically affect each other.

It’s simple: buy what you need and order what you’ll eat.

We don’t need a five pound bacon burger to enjoy and savor our food. So order the smaller dish, resist the second (or third, or fourth) appetizer, and actually eat your leftovers.

It takes energy, water, and land to create what you consume, so consume consciously please.

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3 thoughts on “The Secret to Being a Super Thrifty, Skinny, and Socially-Conscious Humanitarian: Buy Less Food

  1. You said you would write about moderation… AND YOU DID, YAY! Thank you for pointing out all the fact that many forget: the amount of resources it takes to get what’s out there then on to our plates. That is such a great way to look at it. Ugh, I love ya.

  2. So very well said, Suz! When did food stop being a precious resource and start becoming something so easily discarded? And like you said, it’s not even just about wasting food, it’s also about wasting the “energy, water, and land” that creates it.

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