Now that we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, not only is “overindulgence” a key word, but I would add the word “waste” as well. And while this waste is most prevalent by the plethora of holiday parties that we are party to, it is a phenomenon that occurs throughout the year. Here are some startling statistics (courtesy of Food & Wine magazine, November 2015) about the amount of food that we waste each year . . . very sobering.
- $2,275 = the cost of food discarded by the average American family per year.
- 288 = the amount of food each person wastes each year on average (equivalent to twenty-nine turkeys)
- 37,000,000 tons = the amount of food waste in the United States (2013)
- 25% = the amount of the United States’ fresh water supply that is used to produce food that is thrown out.
Allow me to add in a vocabulary word:
Mottainai [moat-TIE-nie]: a Japanese word (Buddhist origins) that is roughly translated as “don’t waste.”