Yes it's THAT big.
This is why the team at Sustainable Table (including moi) have produced a short doco about it, called Waste Deep. It's not in-your-face in the way a big hefty beer-swigging bloke can be when he's chatting to you at the pub. It's a gentle gentle nudge in the right direction. For the most part, the doco points at what we can do, as individuals, to make a real difference. And the message is clear. We - you, me, our friends, families, everyone - can make a difference.
In fact, we're really the only ones that can.
Watch the doco here (and if you're at work, tell 'em you're doing your bit for Australia and they should watch it too):
Some salient points:
- Our farmers are doing it very tough. Consumers have been responding to low prices and perfect produce, so the big supermarkets push our farmers for those two things. But it's hurting them. Many have walked off the land and continue to do so. They have the highest rate of suicide in the country. In the country. Without our farmers, we're screwed. To put it bluntly.
- Imports are contributing massively to the above. Yet technically we can produce more than enough incredible quality produce to keep us happy. More than enough.
- 1 billion people are obese at the same time as 1 billion are going hungry. So you know, there's something wrong with the way we're doing things, no?
There are things each of us can do to make a big difference to the situation. And they're really bloody simple. Apologies if I get a little didactic here, but keep in mind these are also things I do my best to do every week: