A Rose Bowl Full of Turkeys
I’m kind of a masochist. Mostly in an intellectual way though.
For example, right before partaking in the biggest American food holiday of the year, I embarked on reading Jonathan Bloom’s, “American Wasteland.” The book was sent to me by the publisher and sat on my bookshelf for awhile, but it’s really a fascinating read.
I’m not even all the way through it yet and it has already changed the way I look at the food in supermarkets, farmer’s markets, restaurants, and even my own fridge.
The book takes on the subject of food waste in America and starts with a startling visualization.
“Every day, America wastes enough food to fill the Rose Bowl. Yes – that Rose Bowl.”
In Mr. Bloom’s mind, the Rose Bowl tomorrow will look something like the above.
That’s a pretty sad site, even with cartoon turkeys.
The problem of food waste is a big one and one that I’ll probably write about more once I finish the book and wrap my head around some of Bloom’s solutions.
I wanted to post on it the day before Thanksgiving though to encourage everyone to do three things this Thanksgiving. I’m not saying that these three things will eliminate food waste, but it couldn’t hurt.
The Three Things I’m Focusing on This Thanksgiving:
Be Generous. I’m probably already on Mr. Bloom’s bad side with this one because he thinks that being generous might be part of the food waste problem. We always feel a need to over-feed our guests and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m 100% guilty of that.
But I think we can be generous in ways other than turkey-on-a-plate. We can be generous with our time, our money, and our love. I think all those things are important, and sometimes forgotten, in America these days. Find someone who needs a leg up and help them out if you can.
Be Thankful. The one thing that is very apparent to me as I read American Wasteland while watching the News (aka William and Kate wedding coverage) is that there are some people in this world that have A LOT more than me, but there are way more people that have less. I’m guessing since you clearly have an Internet connection and a computer, you’re probably in the same boat.
So try to take some time tomorrow (if not right now) and be thankful of everything that you have and the opportunities that are available to you.
Be Respectful. The amount of energy and resources that go into making food in this country is bordering on insane. That said, I’m not going to dive into global food politics. I do think it’s important that whatever food decisions you make (I, for one, like turkey), you be respectful of that food and the people that worked hard to get it to you. Try not to waste it. Save your leftovers and use them.
I firmly believe that if we think of each thing on the table with these three goals in mind, we can hopefully lower the food waste in this country and also have a wonderful holiday.
Be generous to others. Be thankful for all that you have. Be respectful to all those that helped you get where you are today.
Have a great holiday everyone. I’m taking a few days off from posting, but I’ll be back on Monday with some great new recipes for ya.
Rose Bowl photo by RicardoSEP.