This week the FAO is promoting discussions about food and water use and waste and what we need to do to plan for a better future surrounding those issues. This coincides rather remarkably with a big upcoming post that I’ve been working on for some time about ways to conserve water in agriculture. Stay tuned.
The below video’s main emphasis is on waste in the food and water systems. If 30 percent of all food produced is wasted, that means that the water that went into producing that food was also wasted, or, in some cases, contaminated. Food waste has really been grabbing media headlines lately, but I am of the opinion that a certain amount of waste is to be expected in these systems, as we do not live in a perfect world and because too many of us live in a world of abundance. Food perishes. Water evaporates, soaks into the ground, and cycles.
Yet, awareness of the issue, which is what the FAO is trying to promote, would be helpful. In America, it seems that everywhere we look there is food and too much of it. In my 20’s, I had a roommate who would throw food away, saying “it doesn’t matter whether I eat it, or throw it away, it’ll be gone either way and I don’t want to get fat.” With much of the global population overweight, that is an attitude that enters into the equation.
Is there room for improvement? Yes, certainly. With media focusing on food waste lately and increasingly, I think that people can be taught to change their ways. The reasons for waste are many, each one is difficult to overcome, and the reasons are completely different in the developing world than in the developed world.
Included in the video are these statements:
• One-fourth of the water used in irrigation is wasted
• 2,400 liters of water are used to make your hamburger sandwich
• Eighty percent of agricultural land in the OECD countries is used to produce meat
This video is a segway to my upcoming post.