Good morning, friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! Today, I want to talk about food waste and how we can stop it with food preservation.
Food waste is a big issue. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, 10% of the U.S. energy budget, 50% of U.S. land, and 80% of fresh water goes toward getting food from farm to table. Despite that, only 60% of the food produced actually gets eaten.
“So what is the reason for this?”, you might wonder. Subsidized farming (Big Ag) and our behavior. This toxic combination has driven us into a hyper consumer culture, similar to what I talked about in my last post. Things most accessible to us don’t hold as much value as they would if we had to work for them ourselves. Big Ag hands up a big ol’ glass of convenience koolaid, and we drink it up without considering the consequences.
It deeply disturbs me that such a massive amount of food goes to waste and we have people struggling to put food on the table or even starving.
So how can we do our part? That answer is twofold. The first thing we can do is reduce our dependence on the grocery store. Growing/ raising as much food as we can, cooking from scratch, canning, meal planning, making freezer meals, making ingredients at home instead of buying them. There are a lot of food preservation methods out there. I encourage you to look into what you can make yourself. It’s been a shock to me to see just how little is necessary to buy from somewhere else, even as someone who doesn’t have a homestead yet.
The second thing we can do is stop contributing to Big Ag through taxes. We pay for their existence involuntarily and they feed us shitty food and destroy our land. Not cool.
I’ll do separate posts on things like canning and freezing. For now, I just want to encourage you to exercise your resourcefulness. Anyone can preserve food. Everyone can prevent food waste. Let’s all do what we can.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you’re having an awesome Thursday! Make sure to look out for my next post where I go in depth about the methods I mentioned in today’s post. 🖤
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