There’s a difference between waste and loss. But no matter what we call it, East Coasters have discarded a whole lot of food in the last week as a result of Sandy.
There’s the in-home loss caused by not having power or a back-up generator. Restaurants also experience the that problem, but one Manhattan eatery avoided that fate in a heart-warming, mouth-watering way–by cooking and serving all of its food for free before it could go bad. This sort of reminds me of the neighborly garden sharing that occurs ad hoc or through AmpleHarvest.org.
Meanwhile, Sandy prompted food loss due to disrupted supply routes. The food industry may still feel the effects of that impact in the next week, but hopefully we’re nearing the end of our
If there’s anything to learned here, in addition to the importance of sharing and helping our neighbors, it is this: At times, food loss is unavoidable. When it isn’t, we should really strive to use our food.