Would you eat this cherry? Big Agriculture says 'No, throw it away' — like 40% of all food grown.

The numbers are staggering. Between consumer and farm waste, we throw away an incredible amount of food every day, all over the world...

...while many don't have enough to keep from dying of … not having food.

SMH.


30% to 40% of the food in the world is wasted.

(Depending on whether you look at post-farmed or pre-farmed.)

For example, the average American wastes over 200 pounds of edible food per year. That's not the rotting lettuce or the apple that's turned brown, but actual edible food.

And when you add to it the vast amount of food wasted in the farming process ... wow.

As this video from "PBS NewsHour" shows, it's a serious problem.

(That thing mentioned at the end of the video, Imperfect Produce, is a really intriguing idea.)

And for an easily digestible graphic (seewhuddIdidthere?!) about food waste, check out this from Face the Facts USA. The numbers below are actually from 2010, but a quick check reveals that it's still a serious problem. Stay tuned after the graphic because there is some good news, I promise!

"What can I do? I'm just little ol' me, cooking dinner. I'm not Big Agriculture."

I refer you to a quote from Howard Zinn:

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
Howard Zinn

For some things you can do at home, check out EndFoodWasteNow.org. And then, there's 29 smart and easy tips to reduce food waste. Heck, you can even recycle food waste.

If volunteering or donating is more your speed, check out FoodRescue.net, FeedingAmerica.org, and even more ideas on WastedFood.com.

Me? I'm about to see what's hiding behind the front row in my fridge, and then instead of throwing out perfectly good food, I'mma throw down with my wok. BAM!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.