Gourmanderie has been quiet of late but it's for the better!
I've been focusing on clarifying the project's direction, and have been researching and planning more than I've been producing content and hanging out on social media. At present, I'm looking at our attitudes and behaviours toward not just preparing and consuming food, but how we regard every aspect of it - from the beginning to the end of its lifecycle.
Tickling my curiosity right now: food waste
One aspect of food that has been of growing interest to me over the past year is food waste. Did you know that, globally, about half the food that's produced annually is thrown away? And that, at the same time, about 795 million people are going to bed hungry every day? And that if food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd largest contributor to greenhouse gases? (FYI - China and the US take 1st and 2nd place.)
In France, consumers are responsible for 67% of the food that is wasted annually. Retailers, meanwhile, are responsible for 11% annually. A lot of us are aware that earlier this year France introduced laws that require retail food providers to donate unsold food to charities. Evidently, this is a great move. However, it's clear that we also need to shift how we treat food in our homes. It seems that the most effective way of reducing food waste is to avoid it in the first place, and this means that we need to adjust our habits (which usually isn't very easy). Another shift we need to make is within our value systems (that is, how much we esteem food).
Facing up to our Habits and Attitudes
Anyway, more soon. I just wanted to share where this project is at, and to perhaps get people thinking about the amount of food they bin and to explore the reasons behind this. I've wasted a lot of food in my life so I hope I haven't made you feel too bad about your behaviours because I am totally empathetic! Our human experience is too unique to spend it feeling terrible (rather, feel awesome), but it's also too precious to squander it being unaware, lazy and apathetic (rather, be aware, pro-active and passionate).
I'm off to make cake out of browned bananas and soup out of greening potatoes, as well as send an email about joining a community compost initiative in my quartier.