Thursday, February 17, 2005

Food will be wasted. Better it than you.

The title of this blog is pretty much the point. Much food, these days, is wasted. It's hard to see so much food going into the garbage. Especially when we know that there is so much hunger in the world.

But, as harsh as this sounds, our dinner leftovers are not going to Africa nor, it seems, even to needy families within our close vicinity.

If world hunger is an issue that bothers you, it definitely seems a worthy cause about which to become active.

But meanwhile, this is the situation. And many people eat too much because of it. They feel bad to "waste" the food. But eating it when you don't need it will not change it into "useful". If anything, it may be considered even more detrimental than if you were to just throw it out.

Things you don't need go into the garbage (if you have no way to get them to someone who does need them). And you are not a garbage can.

In order to practice leaving food over on your plate and others' plates, try to purposely leave some food over at every meal. Practice never leaving a plate totally clean.

And if you feel up to it, find out how you can contribute to lessening the level of starvation in the world.

But these are two different issues. And if anything, you need to keep yourself healthy and strong in order to be able to help make the world a better place.