Last month at Peña Pachamama restaurant in San Francisco, an intimate group gathered to hear Dana Frasz of Food Shift discuss honoring the sacredness of food by reducing food waste.
Food Waste in the United States
Food waste and food distribution is a huge problem in the United States. We throw away 40% of the food produced here. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans don't have enough food to eat. Dana Frasz describes this as the completely unnecessary and completely solvable paradox that keeps her up every night.
This can be seen as a result of our society's disconnection from nature. Frasz sees food as a gift from the Earth, a precious resource that takes water, labor, energy and time to create. Each time food is wasted, everything that went into producing the food is also wasted. When we are mindful of how we are connected to the Earth and people all over the world through the food we eat, we are less likely to be wasteful.
Doing Something About It: Food Shift
Inspired by a Pachamama Journey to the Amazon rainforest with the Pachamama Alliance, Frasz felt the need to do something about the food distribution issues she saw in her own community and all over the world. She saw that there were many volunteer organizations working in communities everywhere to redistribute food, and saw that there were limits to this model. "It's like trying to put out a fire with a bucket brigade."
Frasz started Food Shift, a professional food recovery organization, to direct more resources toward redistributing edible food to food banks, churches, shelters and soup kitchens. They work with major events, grocery stores, and others to reduce food waste when possible, and redistribute edible food that they can no longer sell.
Get Into Action
Want to take action like Dana did? Visit http://foodshift.net for tips on how to reduce your food waste and how to get involved. Then, join our Up to Us pathway to social action, and we'll equip you with the tools and knowledge to bring forth a environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling future.
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