posted on Mar, 26 2013 @ 01:29 PM
This is well known in agricultural circles and has been for a long time.
There is literally nothing at all new and surprising here and it also has almost nothing to do with the end consumer. What you do at home has almost
nothing at all to do with this problem, whether you finish your plate or not or have to throw away that loaf of bread you didn't eat before it turned
moldy; it's a tiny tiny part of where food is wasted.
The food is mostly lost in post harvest storage and processing, transport to market, and then at market.
Contrary to popular belief, the US is actually one of the LEAST wasteful countries in the world. We have an excellent transport infrastructure, modern
facilities all over the place, refrigerated trucks, etc.
Also contrary to popular belief, the world's champion food waster is easily India. The wealthy people of India are the most shamefully neglectful of
their own people in the whole world. They will not invest in modern facilities for storage, refrigeration, etc. Poor roads increase food spoilage in
transit...the list of the consequences of massive neglect goes on and on. Consequently, it is India that has the most well fed and largest population
of rats in the world and thus they even still have problems with bubonic plague.
Another related point worth noting: growing crops specifically for biofuel is dubious, but there is an enormous amount of food that is lost along the
way to market which could in theory make for a good, efficient stock source for biofuel material. The problem is efficiently gathering it all up and
transporting it to a plant that can make use of it.
edit on 26-3-2013 by 11andrew34 because: typos
edit on 26-3-2013 by
11andrew34 because: typos