Up to half of all food wasted due to overly strict sell-by dates and refusal of supermarkets to sell produce which doesn’t look perfect.
One sign of a sick society is the wastage. Seen by some as a sign of “First Worldliness”, it is in fact a sign of a dysfunctioning of the spirit. Small example – other species kill for the necessity but humankind kills indiscriminately for sport and recreation and fornicates indiscriminately for the same reason.
Indiscriminately is the operative word.
There’s surely a happy medium. I was invited to stay overnight at some friends and in the cupboard in my room were TVs, old toys, other technica, basketball hoops, bats and so on and so on.
On the other hand, too austere was a mate who had a small room with nothing but a rug and a desk. In the desk were redeemable certificates for his wealth. His bed was a foldout which lived in the understairs cupboard. That idea appealed but it did seem a bit bleak compared to the average family home in the First World.
I’m seeing my neighbour today to give him half my fish and beef. The cheapest deals on good fish and meat unfortunately mean buying more for less cost but I don’t actually want more fish and meat – I want what I can eat. To take half the fish would have meant a cost only 50p lower. I’ll pay for better quality but this was the same quality, subject to a weird pricing policy.
As far as I can see, the trick is to buy only what is going to cover hunger and a bit more, buying less more often so that when the use by date is reached, very little remains. With judicious shopping around, the weekly bill can be reduced enormously.
The spin-off is that one still eats quality but less of it, which keeps obesity within bounds.
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