In the United States it isn't a matter of having enough to eat. Our extremely large brains and abundance of natural resources have led us on a food binge over the last 30 years that may bring back Darwinism in a very dramatic and unprecedented way. So, if we've got so much to eat here and most of us are fattening up for the hibernation that will never come, why do we still have people that go hungry here?
The answer is waste. According to Robin Shreeves of SustainABlog, the U.S. wastes 30% of it's food at a cost of $48,200,000,000 per year. Are you freakin' serious?!?? That amount of money could solve our education crisis or our health care crisis single handed.
So why in the world would we waste that much money? The answer is visibility. We throw away food incrementally. We never really get to see the total picture of what we're wasting. The big denomination of waste most Americans ever see is one 13 gallon trash can full.
To solve this problem I think the United States needs to implement a waste sorting and accountability law. This would have 4 key components:
- U.S. citizens and businesses should have to sort their garbage by reusable food stuffs, non-usable food garbage, recyclables, and non-recyclable garbage
- Garbage dumpsters and outside storage canisters would be eliminated forcing people to keep there garbage inside until trash pickup day
- Trash pickup services would be very expensive for non-recyclables and non-usable food stuffs, but free for recyclables and reusable food stuffs
- Food shortage agencies would be responsible for picking up reusable food stuff garbage on a daily or twice daily schedule and distributing it to those in need
There you go. A program that eliminates waste, increases recycling, and feeds the hungry.