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I Feel Bad About Food Waste

Updated on April 3, 2018
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I have many hopes, dreams and desires and they change all the time. All I want to do is to follow my bliss and be happy.

I have to admit that food waste has become a big issue that has started to make me feel bad. Since I've started to follow apps like olio_ex and Too Good To Go and reading articles about Toast Ale and Tristram Stuart and watch YouTube on food waste, I've begun to realise how bad the situation really is.

I can't understand how easy it is for supermarkets to throw away good quality food and be more than happy to lock away the bins, ready for landfill. Are you seriously going to tell me that sending food good enough to eat to landfill is cheaper than leaving the bins unlocked for people to take?

There are so many people in this world who are dying from starvation. There are so many people in the UK who are on the poverty line, desperate to feed themselves and their families who could easily use the food supermarkets throw away. I feel like crying every time I read about how many tonnes of food is being thrown away every year. Perfectly good food that people can eat.

I know I keep blaming the supermarkets for food waste, but households are just as bad. The amount of food I see wasted by people is heartbreaking. I know someone who wastes food regularly and there is no reason for it. When you buy food, think of the people who don't have enough food to eat. When you throw away food, think of the people who go without food so that their children can eat. There is no need for food waste. Please people, cut down the amount of food that you throw away. If need be, cut down the amount of food you buy when you do your weekly or monthly shop.

I thank God for all the charities that are trying to help reduce food waste like The Felix Project, Feedback, Toast Ale and Foodcycle. Charities who are prepared to take day old food and feed men, women and children.

I, myself have been seduced by the supermarkets who only want to purchase good looking fruit and vegetables. I recently caught myself picking through fruit and vegetables looking for the perfect ones. I realised then that I had been seduced into wanting perfect fruit. It is something I have to unlearn. I have to teach myself to love bruised and non-perfect food. How do I get over my prejudice? I don't know. I'm not even sure I can, but I can only try. I'll keep reading about food waste and good causes like The Felix Project and also remember all the men, women and children who don't have enough food to eat, all over the world.

© 2018 Patricia C Akosah


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    • Patricia C Akosah profile image

      Patricia C Akosah 2 weeks ago from London

      Thank you for your kind words.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

      welcome and I really have to say I agree with everything you are saying.. we live in a country where food waste is just out of control.. goarticle and hope you do well here