More is Too Much

The average American uses 2 to 4 times as much food as any other country in the world. Americans eat too much meat. One third of all the food bought in the US is thrown out, that is a lot. While in places like India people have days on the calendar where they do not eat.  Eating like Americans, The US can supply 2 Billion people with food, while eating like people in India we could supply 10 Billion people. We would not be starving ourselves but eating with moderation for the larger society that will come. Not only do people in India eat less than us but because the majority of people are vegetarians, therefore consume much less. Think about it at the lowest level, grain. The average Indian citizen consumes 400 lbs of grain, while the average US citizen consumes 1600 lbs of grain. It’s not because we eat so much more or that we consume such large quantities, it’s that we eat so much meat.

Instead of feeding a cow enough grain to supply say 50 people with food. In India they eat the grain, while in america we feed the cow who in turn feeds only 15 people. So by eating less meat we could feed almost three times as many people.

The US does not only eat a lot of high food chain meals, but just plain out wastes most of it. Think about the last time you went out to dinner and told the waiter you would rather not take home the leftovers. Now imagine every person in america doing that once or twice a month. Not just out at a restaurant but at home when you throw away that half a burger you don’t want to eat. It adds up to a lot. 30 percent, almost one third of the food we have.

This doesn’t seem to be right because in countries like Afghanistan and India, in places in Africa, people are starving to death. While we are just throwing food in the garbage because were full.

The one thing that I don’t understand is why the other countries put up with this. I’m not going to lie I waste my fair share of food and eat my fair share of meat. But what if we all just tried to make a better world for everyone. I know that it’s a lot to ask, but if I were starving to death because there was “not enough food to go around” this 8th grader would not be a happy camper, and would do something about it. 

Sources: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food
http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/01/04/2013/food-the-weak-link.html?interest=8
http://m.npr.org/news/Health/168613133

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