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Hop on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook, and you’ll likely see a picture of someone’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. The photographer behind the camera likely put thought into the photo, crafting an idyllic scene featuring a meal for the human eye. As a culture, we’re obsessed with food and perfection, and our social media feeds speak to this like nothing else. Whether we’re seeking the latest restaurant with the most delicious X (biscuits, pasta, pho, paleo menu—you name it!) or attempting to capture a photo of our dinner to make it look flawless, we center our experience of the food on ourselves, primarily considering the image we project through our food and dining experience.
Processes - Food - Table - Systems - Consumption
Yet, we fail to recognize the complex processes that bring the food to our table, and we fail to question the various systems we participate in through our consumption. While we might have a surface interest in terms like cage-free or discussing the latest diet—ahem, I mean lifestyle choice—such as paleo or ketogenic menus, our food choices often reflect the trending topics in food and science.
Amidst the current fiery debates about what diet is best for our bodies and our planet, there is one issue that remains relatively uncharged and timeless in the ever-evolving food landscape: food waste. Food waste simply refers to food that we could eat, but we don’t because our abundance does not demand it of us.
Tragedy - Food - Waste - Statistics - Greenhouse
The tragedy of food waste is deeper than statistics about greenhouse gas emissions and money wasted. The story of most food waste is poor stewardship.
For many of us, food waste is...
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