In 2050, there will be 9 billion people on the planet. How will we feed all these people? I would have to think our actions today will affect our future tomorrow.
Some of the choices people make today are not helping our future. Would you believe that Americans throw out over $165 BILLION dollars worth of food every year? There are better choices that we can make to stop this from happening. For example, only buy what you need and cook with every part of the food. Click here to find 34 ways to waste less food.
Another thing we need to think about is eating food that doesn’t always look so perfect. Food is thrown out because it doesn’t “look good”. Trader Joe’s ex-president Doug Rauch is trying to sell consumers on “ugly” food. I know that I have been to blame for this. But, I have noticed that oddly shaped carrots taste just as good as the typical triangular shaped ones. Just because it is not aesthetically pleasing does not mean it is bad. Nature doesn’t make everything the same.
FutureFood 2050 —a multi-year program highlighting the people and stories leading the efforts for a healthier, safer and better nourished planet that’s needed to feed 9 billion+ people by 2050. They continue to roll out interviews with the world’s most impactful leaders in food and science. Next year, watch for FutureFood 2050, the documentary film.
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There are so many simple things that we can do today to make for a better tomorrow.
Ellen Christian says
Wow 9 billion is a huge number. We try really hard to be aware of food waste but I bet we could do better.
I don’t care about ugly food, or things that are misshapen. I try so hard not to waste food.
Jenn @TheRebelChick says
I am really guilty about wasting food…as much as I try not to waste anything, my family hardly ever will eat leftovers and I end up throwing them away if it’s not something I can feed to the dogs.
Jenn @TheRebelChick says
So true, ugly food doesn’t really bother me. As long as it tastes good, that’s all that matters to me!
For Valentine’s Day I asked for a compost bin. Hopefully I can turn our wasted food into future fertilizer for my garden! That’s my biggest contribution to Future Food.
That sounds like a great idea to preserve for the future!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
I have been really getting into only buying what we need when it comes to food. I hate to have to toss out produce because it didn’t get used.
EJ (Jane) says
I do buy a lot of produce wash chop & freeze, to store for the winter months. The cost is so high, I hate to throw away any. I’m a huge fan of couponing & donating whatever we can.
I love the idea of donating with coupons too. Now that I am off for the summer, I need to chop an freeze to make it easier in the fall.
Angela R Higdon says
Everyone should check out the Food Network special they aired last year around Thanksgiving. 4 Super Chefs (Alex Guareschelli, Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, and Michael SImon) had to make an upscale, gourmet dinner for 100 chefs and food critics. The catch was that they could ONLY use food that was already thrown away or that was going to be thrown away. The waste they found was sickening!
Kelly Hutchinson says
My husband I were just talking about how much fresh food we waste. I am terrible about buying fruits and veggies and not eating them in time.
Ashley S says
Wow… we really throw out that much??? Insane!
Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom says
That is so incredibly sad how much wasted food there is out there.
jenn huey says
Just as your photo shows the scraps of a pepper, I too throw away very useful food like this which could be thrown in a soup etc. I save ugly food for cooking; Overripe fruit goes in the freezer for smoothies. Overall, I need to be more aware of what I am tossing
RICHARD HICKS says
I think we waste a lot of food and I am going to try and stop being so wasteful