U.S. Snapshot

The Guardian ran an excellent piece on U.S. food waste yesterday. And I’m not just saying that because I spoke with its writer and am mentioned in it briefly.

The article does a nice job summarizing the problem of food waste while explaining why it matters. I wasn’t surprised, as I had a great chat with the article’s author, Sadhbh Walshe, who was kind enough to preface her phone call with a first-name pronunciation tip (“Sive”).

We talked for 45 minutes, a good sign. It’s not often that journalists I speak with are invested in understanding the entire problem. Or that they’re able to write a cogent piece on that big picture. Ms. Walshe did both. Kudos!

One thing, though, on the ending:

As the global population continues to explode – it is expected to reach 9 billion by 2045 – and our ability to produce food continues to be compromised, more and more people will go hungry. I’m going to try to keep this in mind next time I dump my food in the trash can.

I think what Walshe meant to say was that she’d keep all of that in mind and try to reduce the food she has to throw away. Must be.

P.S. it’s worth noting that the paper, my UK read of choice, is beefing up its US presence (Walshe is based in New York). To good effect, if this piece is any indication.

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