Blogpost Writer: Jakub Wolf
Do you remember that time when your boyfriend or girlfriend broke up with you? Or a time when you were incredible overwhelmed by your studies and your job and everything going on in your life? It is those times when some of us decide that we need food to make it all better. We start eating and eating and eating and we don’t stop. This so-called stress eating might make you feel better temporarily but usually after some time we all regret it. Well, it is this kind of unmindful consumption that is harming our planet. We buy way too much food, we eat half of it and throw the rest away.
Or take this for an example. It’s christmas, the whole family comes together and you all cook together and have a lovely time. Afterwards when you’re cleaning up, you realize that you cooked way too much food and it all goes in the trash.
Let me tell you a fact. Did you know that of the 4 billion metric tones of food produced, ¼ is either lost or wasted? That’s 1 billion metric tones, in case you didn’t do the math. Now think about this: how many people is there in the world who are starving and who’s cause of death is actually lack of food? Many. Very many. Meanwhile, the more fortunate of us, who have easy access to food just throw it all away without blinking.
The Global Goals website displays a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh which says: “The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way”
But of course it’s not all our fault. We, the consumers, only buy what is available. According to Business Insider 10% of the annual food waste comes from supermarkets. The truth is, that we just have it too good. You enter a supermarket, and you see so many different options, that you don’t even know what you want to eat anymore. You go in thinking about that sweet frozen pizza and you come out with jasmine rice, ginger and some unpronounceable spice that the sales assistant assured you would be incredible. And that is incredible, because we have the chance to experience food from different places and try out new things. But if these things don’t sell, they go in the trash.
There has to be a balance found between consumption and production. We have to commit, that once we buy something, we will consume it one way or the other. The food that is left, you can give it to a shelter or give it to your neighbor or bring it to work. There is always a way to pass it on, we just don’t do it out of sheer laziness.
The time where we don’t care about sustainable consumption and production has passed. Be conscious about what you’re buying and make sure that none if it is wasted.