Breath Of Ecology

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I've been upset for days after reading that while approximately 70 million people in other countries go to bed hungry every night, each year about 35% of food produced in the U.S. is thrown in the garbage.


This is especially upsetting for someone like me, who cannot leave as much as a grain of rice on her plate, while thanking God for the gift of food.


To make matters worse, most of the food wasted in this country - about 43 million tons annually - ends up in landfills, and account for approximately 14% of harmful methane emissions into our atmosphere.


Where I live, food wastes such as banana and other fruit peelings, are collected and added to our compost, to be mixed into our garden soil. This can be done by all those who have land around their homes.


I know that food is wasted for a variety of reasons: bad weather, processing problems, overproduction and unstable markets...but in our homes leftovers can be frozen and eaten later instead of going into the garbage.


It's really important that we be aware of the gifts we have been given while others are not as fortunate.


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.

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