Dear food, we love you so much we can't get enough of you. And that's the problem.
A study highlighting Americans' unhealthy over-obsession of food was turned into a hilarious video that spoofs how much Americans overindulge and the wasteful side effects.
The average person wastes 1,500 food calories per day — about 40% of the country's food supply — according to the Food Policy Research Center at the University of Minnesota. That total is twice as much as most other industrialized nations and 50% more than was lost in the 1970s, the organization states.
Alex Reich, 24, a producer of the video for MinuteEarth that made the video, said the issue of food shortage often leads to people discussing ways to produce more food. But he wanted to make the video to prove the point that is people are less wasteful it could make a big difference.
“Every single person causes food waste and every single person can address it,” he told the Daily News. “So many people don’t know as much as they can on these issues.”
You deserve to be eaten, but instead I throw away almost half of you.
In the video "Love Letter to Food," the participants take an "it's not you it's me" position as they voice the error of their ways.
"You deserve to be eaten, but instead I throw away almost half of you," one person says.
Reich said they decided on the format of a love letter because everyone has a relationship with food.
“One party is not paying enough attention to the other party and it’s not good for either,” said the graduate student who specializes in global food system sustainability.