The Global Food Waste Epidemic

When one third of the world's food goes to waste, society needs to reexamine how we deal with and think about "excess" food.


  1. Solving world hunger seems like one of those impossibly lofty ideals, like world peace and global disarmament. It makes a fantastic aspiration for Miss America and doe-eyed activists, but for a number of abstruse and often nebulous reasons, it'll never happen. Right?

    Though ambitious, hunger and nutritional inequity stand far apart from the typical pipe-dream movements. In an era of space travel and nuclear power, the issue isn't a shortage of food - America's been an agricultural powerhouse for the past couple of decades. The issue is almost entirely down to logistics and education: getting the food to where it can best be used, and getting the word out that it's a realistic cause worth rallying for.
  2. This interactive map shows just how far-reaching these issues are, as well as how close some relatively well-to-do countries are to countries going hungry.
  3. Food going "bad" often just means food becoming less marketable. So many food producers get profit-driven tunnel vision that they forget their product can do more than generate income. 
  4. There are a couple ways to combat the issue. Some people are making the best of the situation, such as composting.
  5. There are still many ways to affect things on a more global scale, such as shifting to more sustainable laws and policies.
  6. In the end, any effort helps, big or small. Becoming educated about these issues is a step within itself - for example, the "Big Bully" of overprocessed foods in American society and food culture. The more you know, the more you can teach others, and the more others learn, the more power there is to enact change.