This land was made for you and me. But now it requires remaking for that to happen. One-in-seven adults in the United States cannot say for certain where their next meal will come from, yet we toss or dismiss 40 percent of all the edible food in the supply chain.
Just about a year ago, I wrote that a new coalition was about to launch to reduce the amount of food that's wasted in Colorado; it was a pilot program and it's beginning to set down a few roots.
Today it has a mission, a vision, and 85 members from all walks of life: nonprofit, for-profit, government (federal, state, local ... and one day, hopefully, tribal), plus teachers and students, farmers and private citizens.
One of it's Working Groups (organized by sector such as Education, Policy, Manufacturing) is measuring food waste in K-12 schools and another is organizing a food-waste-awareness event called Feeding the 5000 Front Range which will be held in downtown Denver on October 14, 2016.
Food waste is truly a solvable problem, one with a delicious solution, one that can, in the process of its elimination, put us back in touch with what we really need: staying in touch with our land and the roots that grow there, the roots where our sustenance originates.