Next Monday, October 16th, is the 72nd annual celebration of World Food Day. On this day we commemorate the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an agency that focuses on eliminating hunger in developing countries by improving and modernizing production practices.
How often do you think about food waste? And how often do you waste food? About one third of the world’s food production is wasted. That is a whopping 1.3 billion tons! America alone wastes 40% of food and most of that waste is often still safe for consumption. The average consumer disposes of 300 pounds of food every year. These are the kind of facts that swarm websites that advocate for food conservation and security. Websites such as savethefood.com or the United Nation’s food page found under their ‘Global Issues” tab all try to spread the information to the consumers. After all, consumers are the ones responsible for developing wasteful habits in “throw away” societies in the US and Europe. However, as the UN illustrates, the majority of waste comes from production and retail especially in Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia. That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization targets production practices in agriculture, forestry and fisheries to help minimize this waste while optimizing yield sizes. It is still important to note that as consumers we can still do our part. By throwing away a slice of pizza (an actual mortal sin), you are also throwing away energy, gasoline and the gallons and gallons of water it took to produce the tomatoes and the wheat. Not to mention all the packaging and man-hours that went into the components that make up that buffalo chicken slice that is now in the trash.
Campus Dining and Shops will be taking part in celebrating World Food Day by hosting a food drive supporting the University Presbyterian Church’s food bank, doing our part in alleviating hunger on a local scale. We will be accepting non-perishable items from 10AM-3PM by Capen Café as well as providing cans to purchase with your UB card. For every 2 items donated, you’ll be eligible to enter in our raffle for a mountain bike. For every 3 items, you’ll be given 2 entries. Helping your community, celebrating a great cause and possibly winning a bike? I’d call that a good day if I were you.
Hope to see you there and best of luck to those of you entering the raffle! May the odds be ever in your favor!