Not only are the types of food we eat and the way we produce food damaging to the environment, the amount of food wasted is causing hunger, suffering, and unnecessary harm to the environment.
Most food that is thrown away in western countries is not bad or rotten, but fresh and edible, simply unwanted. Researcher Tristram Stuart estimates that the United States has two times as much food than it actually needs to feed the population. When the amount of food edible by humans that is used to feed livestock is included, the U.S has four times as much food as it needs.
With an abundance of food, why do people in the United States still go hungry?
We have no need to increase food production. We cut down forests, produce fossil fuels, and harm the environment in numerous ways to produce more and more food, yet we are throw away so much of it. We are reaching the ecological limits of the U S.
There is NO need for hunger. The U.S has 4 times more food than it needs to feed the population; we do not have a quantity problem, but a distribution problem.
Earth cannot sustain these conditions for much longer. Food production, waste, and distribution MUST change.