Late in December, the Austin City Council declared 2013 the Year of Food Waste Prevention and Recovery in Austin, Texas. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it’s encouraging and important because:
Whereas, America wastes 40 percent of its food; and
Whereas wasted food has negative environmental impact and represents a lost opportunity to feed the growing number of hungry Americans and Texans (opinion varies on whether these are separate categories); and
Whereas, we can reduce food waste dramatically with awareness and action; and
Whereas, a large portion of edible-but-sellable food formerly wasted can be recovered with a little effort; and
Wheras I love proclamations;
Now Therefore, Be It Resolved That Austin is to be commended for their nearly unprecedented creation of a year of food waste prevention and recovery.
On a slightly larger scale, the European Commission had planned to make 2013 the European Year Against Food Waste, but they have pushed it back to 2014. Other than that, I can’t think of any similar declarations. So take a bow, Austin and all those who worked so hard to make this happen. I proclaim that this resolution rocks!