Think about all that is wasted. Everyday, Lentil as Anything receives beautiful products (vegetables, fruits, etc) that otherwise are being thrown away. Why? Do people have high expectations? Yes, but the core problem lies in how our entire western society is being set up. Massive centralized business models creating long supply lines and require strict laws to keep products fresh. After a certain date they cannot be sold although they are perfectly fine. It is insane and it needs to change. That is why food rescue is an upcoming model across the world. Of course it is just a solution for a much bigger problem: we need to go back to normal. Locally sourced products that can grow in your backyard, a very small population of livestock, and consumers eating food that is in season. Yes, that does mean a big change towards what we eat in the Netherlands. Going back how it was before but then with the technology of today. It will take some time but I see it as the only normal way looking at the future.
I’m positive when it comes to these changes. The first few steps are already being made. Children are getting educated in gardens and being in touch with their food again. This knowledge in important for their future life. If you know how things grow you start to appreciate them more on your plate. Self grown vegetables always taste better and it can be a very fulfilling joyful activity. All around me I see community gardens popping up. Urban farming is a popular word and interest is high. Although I still have to see the big push in cities around the world. It is lots of words but not too much action. Especially in the Australian suburbs, there is plenty of space to grow lots and lots of vegetables and fruits. Maybe one simple thing is just to plant fruits trees along the roads. Just call it community fruit. It is sharing and caring. It brings people to together.
The eco stores and farming markets are a sign of the upcoming change. People like to invest in better quality products. Seeing the connection with the farmer that grows it. It is still a luxury good but it doesn’t have to be. If you take into account the damage to nature by inexpensive products it is clear that organic grown products are cheaper. It is not a matter of money, it is about saving the planet.
Probably many of you have heard of permaculture. It is getting really popular right now and is closely linked with organic farming. Again a sign of upcoming changes. Permaculture is a design language that describes how to balance farming, water use, electricity consumption, building, etc, with impact on our planet. Efficient use of the design language means an almost perfect balanced garden that’s doesn’t need much fertilizer, no pesticides, and sometimes even no watering. There are lots of forgotten techniques, dating back centuries ago, that we’re not using anymore because we have these ‘advanced’ techniques that are basically destroying our planet…Again here, we have to get back to basics and stop the insanity. There is still plenty of space around the world to feed us. But if we continue degrading our soil in the next decades we will loose our capacity to grow food. This is a world crisis we cannot handle.
It is not a question if but when is this going to really take off. Let’s all help to keep this planet beautiful.
Side note: A really positive documentary to watch on permaculture is “Green Gold”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A