Fresh Food: The Other Half to the Equation
I have developed this lens of looking at things. I don't know if it was the water cycle in elementary school, the detailed process of photosynthesis in high school, or learning the carbon cycle in college. I some how now see things as part of a whole equation. You can subtract something, but only if you add it to the other side of the equation.
If you shrink our planet down you then can see it as a miniature terrarium. With a large amount of water and bits of pieces of land here and there. Not a whole lot leaves this terrarium so everything really does interact with itself.
Now bring in the fact that 40% of all food produced is wasted. If you subtract something you must add to the other side of the equation. So, it was not a surprise when I started looking into what happens to this food after it is waste it equated to an addition of something bad. This organic material that shouldn’t get sent to our landfills equals a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas.
If trying to reduce greenhouse gases isn’t your thing, than we have the fact that there is a surplus of food that needs people to consume and a large population that doesn’t have enough food to eat. The great thing about equations is that you can change them in so many different ways. So if you don’t have enough on one side you can add to it by subtracting from the other side.
Everything is connected and the more you look for the connections the easier it is to see multiple of solutions.