We are blessed by a fertile earth that feeds us every day, and we are spoiled by a constant supply of food and we’ve come to take that food for granted.
We often treat it as a disposable thing, not the sacred thing that it is. According to a recent study, Americans are wasting 40 percent of the food we produce.
On top of that staggering figure, we’ve also come to learn that the methane gas given off by wasted food in landfills contributes to almost 25 percent of our total greenhouse gas emissions.
Think about it...that is 40 percent wasted, despite knowing there are many hungry families that don’t have nearly enough to eat in this country. Think of all the wasted energy required to grow, harvest, distribute, refrigerate and cook that food.
Another way we can make a positive difference in our environment is to commit to eating less meat. Global demand for meat is at an all time high, but that demand requires more and more supplies of water, corn, soy and other grains to produce it.
Those same grains could be used to feed humans directly with less negative greenhouse gas impact on our planet. The demand for meat has also led to the destruction of large portions of our world’s tropical rain forests.
Choosing not to eat meat one day per week can make a huge difference for our planet if enough people join in the effort...commit to “Meatless Mondays”.
•Don’t take food for granted
•Don’t buy more food than you know you’ll use
•Order less food when dining out, and commit to eating leftovers
•Know what’s hidden in the back of your refrigerator and plan to use it sooner than later
Stop...think...and don't forget...our planet is sacred and so is our food supply. In honor of Earth Day, and on every other day, please make conscious food choices that are good for our Mother Earth.