When it comes to food, our response is often just to eat what is put in front of us. Also, many people I know hate to waste food that has already been set on their plate. Too many people do not get to eat, they claim, and therefore wasting food is immoral. It is hard to quarrel with these opinions, given that millions of human beings do suffer from want of food.
The fact that we suffer from lack of food is strange. Think about it, even 10,000 years ago; our ancestors had access to all the food in the world that they could desire. All they needed to do was pluck it from the trees around them or fish or hunt. With the most basic of effort, food was available. I doubt many people starved unless there was a natural calamity of some kind. That humanity after centuries of progress has trammeled the right of millions of people to eat is inexplicable. Surely no one could claim this is progress? What caused this to occur?
The answers probably lie in the fact that our food chain is designed to serve those that can afford it. Those who can exhibit terrible inefficiency in the manner in which they consume their calories. If you have the money, chances are you are eating more than you need and also being wasteful in how you consume calories. A glass of alcohol that costs $100 and provides only empty calories and no nutrition is unnecessary consumption. If you feel like you deserve it, you might want to think again. It is probably making you sick in the long run while simultaneously denying someone else essential nutrition. We just don’t think about it this way because of the narrow prism through which we view our world. The health maxim “Eat Less, Move More” was made for you, not for the starving millions.
NB: I apologize if this article sounds like I am moralizing or lecturing. I have studiously tried to avoid being opinionated or judgmental in anything I say. I started writing this article on a different topic on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Soon the report took a direction of its own, and I could not stop myself. My apology to those I offend. If you are the privileged, I hope your take away can be that your lifestyle may be making you unwell.