The Growing Food Waste Movement

Did you know that according to the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), the world may need to produce 70% more food in order to feed its population? However, about 40% of the food produced in the world goes to waste while simultaneously 780 million people go hungry ( If we learned to better manage our consumption and distribution of food more efficiently, world hunger might be alleviated, and an unfathomable amount of resources poured into uneaten food could be recovered.

We, at Southern Selects, are setting out on a mission to educate consumers and our team about how to prevent food waste from the farm to the table. We are joining others who show how food waste can be tackled at home by making better decisions. Everything, from fascinating documentaries to cookbooks full of delicious recipes, provides simple solutions for the average person to become educated about the food waste issue. Anthony Bourdain, for example, has assembled a dream team of distinguished chefs dedicated to educating the world about food waste for his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. The documentary involves some of the stars of the food waste movement including Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Modena Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill, New York), and Davie Bowien (Mission Chines, New York). Jamie Oliver is also quite passionate about the issue, as anyone can see through his food waste campaign. It is now easier than ever to get involved and inspired.

We are truly inspired, and hope you will be also. Moving forward with our campaign to increase awareness and healthier habits, stay tuned for future blog posts that will key in on this issue on the farm, in your homes, and on our company level. We have found these resources helpful, and we hope you will also:

  1. Take a quiz to show you where you fall on the food waste scale,
  2. Watch John Oliver’s highly informational and entertaining segment on food waste, and
  3. Adopting the use-it-up mindset and waste-less tools through the public ad campaign Save The Food.
  4. Now, if you’re really feeling daring, then we highly suggest you take the I Value Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge! These are just a few ways to initiate food waste prevention in your day-to-day life. By taking these first couple of steps, to learn about where food comes from and how it’s handled, you are already on track for making choices that are responsible for all people and the planet!