April 24, 2016

BW photograph of a pizza in a trashcan.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth Royte wrote that “About a third of the planet’s food goes to waste.  That’s enough to feed two billion people.”  Please see the March 2016 National Geographic for the full article.

BW photograph of a chopped corn field under a cloudy sky with a lone pine tree in the distance.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Given the impact of climate change on food production, that statistic becomes even more appalling.  Corn, for example, is often an essential ingredient for the food chain-it is a staple in the diet for many cultures; it is used in the feeding of animals; and, to the detriment of many, it is the principle ingredient in high fructose corn syrup, which is used in many high-caloric beverages and other foods.  (As an aside, corn is used in the production of ethanol as well.)  A mainstay of farming, corn requires quite a bit of water and, given the ongoing droughts, its production further stresses water-depleted areas.

Pizza becomes another example of an issue with our consumption, or lack thereof, of food.  When purchased in its completed state, one might not think about the resources that went into the growth, production, and transportation of the original ingredients used in making pizza.  Once assembled, it also requires a bit of energy to bake, which again, other than the time to wait for its arrival, may not be considered.  This serves to highlight how far removed many are from the source of their food and therefore makes it easier to simply throw away.

Take care.



One Response to “Food”

  1. arv! Says:

    Great post Kevin . you’ve rightly highlighted how detached people are from reality and focussed on false issues.

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