Not just thrown away...
French Farmers bury thousands of tons of vegetables every year to maintain their prices at a particular level (although it might be for some other
reason cant remember but its along that line of thought ie money).
In parts of Africa thousands of tons of African grown food from African farmland sits rotting at their docks because of foreign tariffs and lobbyists
disallowing it to be exported, while cheap imported food comes in from America and else where and the local farmers cant sell locally since the
imports are priced so low they cant compete... and the few local farmers they have talk about the fact that no one bothers to use their land for food
or become farmers because there is no profit in it, which in a way makes sense.
But what doesn't is the fact that western corporations actually go to Africa and literally bribe the government officials to make this all happen. Id
class that as some form of terrorism.
Most of this I learned from a particular documentary that was done about it that was excellent and if shown to as many as possible might get enough
riled up to actually get something changed and ive only seen it played on TV once where i live, in a stupid 10pm slot on a fairly obscure channel. I
cant remember the name of it even though ive tried to find it on the web every now and then (had a British narrator, possibly was a BBC doco).
There is no food shortage, no lack of food or growing land due to over population... its all about money, pure and simple greed.
And its also attitude, my brother in law will not touch anything if its expiry date has passed, and by this im talking next day. 10$s worth of meat
that expired yesterday and looks, smells perfectly fine?.. into the bin, and the guy has the nerve to tell my sister that tends to give the old stuff
to our family to eat that what we do is 'disgusting'... yet he can sit and make something called 'coca cola chicken' (chicken roasted in coca cola)
for dinner and enjoy it
Although there is the reverse... my mother will often buy reduced to clear food in bulk, then simply not use it and it goes off pretty quickly
resulting in wasted food and money that could have been spent on better food that would have lasted a little longer. Although with mum I think its a
psychological thing, cant let a special go un-bought!
Edit:- I remember now, the french farmers bury (I believe it was tomato farmers) to maintain high government subsidies for their industry... they even
go out and protest any sort of reduction in subsidies or possible import competition from outside countries (places like Africa). Scummy, really
scummy. Whats a laugh is... the tomatoes if i remember rightly, are even to damn expensive for the local french people to buy!
So basically the farmers grow crops, destroy them then ask the government for handouts...
edit on 10-1-2013 by BigfootNZ because: (no reason