Food Waste: How can you Stomach it!


‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ (Dylan Thomas) Rage is the correct noun to use about the ridiculous waste of food in every corner of the globe. What makes food waste the greatest scandal is that few seemed concerned about it.

The purpose of the line from the Dylan Thomas poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night.’ was the emphasis it embodies. The poem is about death, a regular occurrence in some countries through lack of food and not just to the individual. We should rage against people dying of starvation when we have the means to feed them. The ‘dying of the light’ (taken out of context) to me epitomizes our loss of humanity: we pour money by the truckload into charities to feed those in need when we don’t really need to. We can and do produce enough to feed everyone but we are so inefficient that we lose or waste nearly half of it. Therefore this is basically a story of irony.

At every level food is wasted. When planting the food there is waste because of poorthCAVHV8S4 preparation, especially in developing countries. During harvest much is left to rot because it does not pass the ‘pretty look’ stage or the farmer cannot get a reasonable sell price. In developing countries it can    be: pests, drought, rains or just poor harvesting techniques.

In the industrial nations the waste is inexcusable, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes etc. dump millions of tonnes annually. Millions more tonnes are left on the ground because it will not pass the ‘pretty’ on the shelf look. Storage can also be a problem with pests such as; mice rats, birds and micro-organisms. But WE, US, together we waste over 20% of what we buy, just toss it in the bin. It could be we bought too much or it is near or past the sell-by-date.


Little Miss Muffet, (and partner. I’m so PC) goes to the supermarket to do her weekly shop. Apples look round and nicely red, the bananas are yellow and nicely curved, and carrots are penis size and straight, all in all a good days shop.

Between 20/40% of fruit and vegetables are discarded because they don’t look good.

Moral of the story – Get-a-life! If the goods are misshapen cut it up, make a soup. Mash it, the blessed kids won’t know. Cut the apple into segments, make apple pie or stewed apple and custard, scrumptious. Show initiative, problem solve.

There is more fruit and veg: tossed away than any other food, 45% of salads are tossed and apples are very high on the toss list. The very things that are supposed to keep us healthy we toss. It’s irony! I’m discombobulated! One third of food produced in the UK is never eaten, (United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP).

A staggering 6,700,000 tonnes was thrown away in the UK. That was in 2007, more recently, Love food- hate has estimated a figure of 7.2 million tonnes. The truly sad aspect of this is that some 4.4 million tonnes was still good to eat. However, it was on or near the sell-by-date so it got tossed. There’s a whole lot of tossing going on in the UK!

For all the global warmers out there, the tree huggers and environmentalists of whichever hue; that 4.4m tonnes that should have been consumed caused 17m tonnes of CO2 to go floating into the atmosphere from the landfill. A staggering 54% of landfill is    ———– food waste. And that is equivalent to 20% of all cars pumping out their fumes. Get with it – Join the campaign.

The truth will free you.

thCA99EMN4Did you toss that tomato?

Did you ditch that date?

Did you let that lettuce go?

Did you cast those apples adrift?

Let me tell you Kitty, methane gas is Twenty (20) times more potent than carbon dioxide. (Wikipedia) You want to sip that milk or eat the bowl!

This is act one, act two will follow soon with a statement that I believe could be the most important of the 21st century. Be there!