Who Cares?

Today, I was going to recap how we waste nearly half the food we produce in America. How the average American creates 4.6 pounds of trash every day, 12.4 percent of which are food scraps. How more than half of the average restaurant’s trash is food.

I had planned to write about how it takes seven times the amount of fossil energy to produce one unit of food energy. How each year America sends 30 million tons of food waste to the landfill, where it emits methane, a greenhouse gas at least 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

But then I thought, who really cares anyway. Besides, isn’t that global warming stuff a bunch of hype?

Today, why not order a big honkin’ meal and eat only half of it. Then don’t bother taking home the leftovers. It’s not like anything you do will make a difference, anyway. You’re only one person.


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  1. Posted April 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    You got me! I’m a little slow on the uptake when it comes to April Fool’s. :p

    I like your point in reverse there at the end…that what we each individually do does make a difference. I will probably never be powerful enough to change the way hospitals and hotels and restaurants waste food, but I can sure do something about the way that *I* waste food. And maybe, other people will learn from what I’m learning, and I won’t end up changing just myself.

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