A Million Children Starve to Death Yearly, But the Wealthy Waste Food

posted by Dr Ad Versery and Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 0:13 AM
February 4, 2013

        Dr. Ad Versery:  Butterman as I announced in our meeting, Jael asked us to expand our staffs.  Sarah Newsworthy assigned Wendy Weathersbee to work with you about weather affecting foods.  Also Newspaper Boys and Girls Int’l carriers from Washington, D.C., and around the world will send you all news about foods.

Frank Butterman:  Why thank you sir!  So much is happening with agriculture, mass food production, and retail grocers around the world, that as Earth End food inspector, I need all the help I can get.

John J.Jr. of NBGI: Please allow me to introduce two of our news  carriers:  Sam Watermore, on the Washington D.C. and medical beats, and Colin Beefeater from Great Britain and Europe.  They both have recent news to share with you.

Watermore:  Yes sir.  This month’s New England Journal of Medicine reports:  “Severe acute malnutrition contributes to 1 million deaths among children annually.”  And while they are dying, others waste food that could feed those kids.

In ‘The Conundrum of Food Waste,’ Emma Bryce writes:  “Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food — about one third of all the food produced globally–-ends up wasted even as hundreds of millions of people go hungry.”

The United Nations has started the ‘Think, Eat, Save’ program.  Robert van Otterdijk, one of the team leaders, argues that poorer nations can waste food through poor harvesting methods or spoilage in improper storage.

But “Industrialized nations in the Americas, Europe and prosperous parts of Asia waste food at the retail and consumer end, embracing policies that favor glossy round apples and discard knobby ones, for example, and set needlessly short limits on the shelf life of many products.”

Food thrown out in Europe and the U.S. then drives up food prices in poorer countries.  Wasted water, energy, land and packaging adds to the problem.  Almost half of fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers rot in landfills in wealthy nations.

Colin Beefeater:  Egad matey!  My report may not be that bad, but it is certainly worrisome to the kids here in the United Kingdom where inspectors have found upwards of 30% horse-meat in our hamburgers.

Some blokes is joking ‘bout it, but ain’t no laughing matter.   Barry Neild in globalpost.com warns:  “There has been finger pointing at the Food Standards Agency, an independent UK body set up in the wake of . . . outbreaks of food-borne illness to protect public health. . .”  Now we don’t know what to eat!

Butterman:  Thanks boys.  I will study hose reports, and do more research.  Let us all remember to stay well this winter by always praying over meals.  As used Christian books advise, The LORD Jesus always prayed over meals:  “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it . . . (Matthew 26: 26).

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