|Feeding the 5000|
Considering these sobering statistics, you'd think the West had a serious shortage of food. We don't. The UK actually has twice the amount of food it needs to meet the nutritional requirements of its 60 million. The EU has almost three times what it needs, and--hold onto your plate--the US has almost four times the amount of food required to feed 330 million people. Ho ho ho, that's a lot of peas, Jolly Green Giant!
|The Jolly Green Giant|
More statistics for you statistiphiles: US households, retailers and food services throw away 40 tons of food every year. UK households throw away a quarter of what they buy. And 20 to 40% of fruit and vegetables in Britain doesn't even reach the supermarkets. Why? Because they're not pretty enough. Feeding the 5k doesn't care how pretty the carrot is or how misshapen the potato is. Actually, the carrot handed to me in the crowd at Trafalgar Square on Friday looked good enough to eat.
The point? We have enough food to meet the needs of our growing global population; we simply have to manage that food better. Maybe we need to think about who "we" are. Maybe I can't send my mother's broccoli to Africa, but I can try to be more mindful of food waste. Actually, I come from an adorable family who don't waste food. Once, when my mother was in the hospital, my father made a soup out of everything in the fridge. He was so proud of that soup. It was a memorable soup.
|A mosaic near the Sea of Galilee|
I must be off (to clean out my fridge),
Christopher Allen is the author of the absurdist satire Conversations with S. Teri O'Type, a parodic pastiche of sitcom America and its influence on gay identity. Available from Amazon Anything.