Despite food shortages worldwide, a culture of waste pervade the U.S. and Britain
By Matt RansfordPosted 05.09.2008 at 7:08 am 0 Comments
In the current climate of rising gas and food prices, it should stand to reason that people would find ways to change their most wasteful habits. According to new research from the UK, we need look no further than our own refrigerators. Fully 18 percent of all food purchased for household use in England and Wales is thrown away. The number is even higher for families with children at 27 percent. A now four year-old study of similar measure in the U.S. puts the American number around 14 percent, with nearly half of all food readied for harvest never making it to a dinner table.
Can the humble tuber relieve some of the pressure on the strained worldwide grain market? The UN thinks so.
By Matt RansfordPosted 04.28.2008 at 1:55 pm 7 Comments
Quite a lot has been written in search of the root causes of the recent global increase in food prices. While bio fuels have taken their fair share of criticism, they are proving not to be the only contributor. Widespread, long-term severe weather patterns—like the Australian drought responsible for rice shortages—are high on the list, as well as increased demand from India and China—a country experiencing tremendous demand for grain to fuel industrial cattle farming. Regardless of the causes, finding a solution is the next real challenge.