Half the worlds food is thrown away, as the poor starve

Half the worlds food is thrown away, as the poor starve January 14, 2013

There are simply no words that express adequately the appalling injustice that lies behind the report below. The Bible is full of instruction to care for the poor. It is full of warnings about how God will act in judgement if we neglect them. And full of promises about how he will come near to us if we will take pity on those who are oppressed. As just one example, in a chapter all about loosing the chains of the poor, God promises that if we do this,

Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
(Isaiah 58:9 ESV)

Who doesn’t want God to answer them?

How far from all this is our current system! As this shocking report details:

As much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2bn tonnes – ends up as waste every year, engineers warned in a report published on Thursday.The UKs Institution of Mechanical Engineers IME blames the "staggering" new figures in its analysis on unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free and Western consumer demand for cosmetically perfect food, along with "poor engineering and agricultural practices", inadequate infrastructure and poor storage facilities.In the face of United Nations predictions that there could be about an extra 3 billion people to feed by the end of the century

via Almost half of the worlds food thrown away, report finds | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Here is my question for the day: As Christians what can we do about this terrible waste? Ideas please below:

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  • I don’t know what the answer is globally. I do know that I can’t stand throwing food away personally, probably because that is how I was raised. We were not supposed to take more than we could eat. When we did, I remember hearing “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”. Partly, I think our heavy eating habits come from not enjoying food and rushing through it. And the size of fast-food meals! I can’t eat that much. Or all-you-can-eat buffets…all I can eat usually is one plate of food!

  • Distribution seems to be the real problem here. Here in America there seems to be a real bias against anything the government does to try and redistribute wealth, including food, clothing, housing ,etc..

    Then in Africa and other nations, hostile forces have often interrupted the distribution of food and medicine to deliberately bring about starvation and thus control the population.

    The good news is that millions more are able to eat good food and drink clean water than at any time in history.