08 March 2011


Wasted food is probably a temporary situation. As energy prices increase, the waste will become untenable for most people's budgets. If we look at the life-cycle of food production--from production to storage to processing to transportation--much of the waste and inefficiencies and costs (including environmental externalities) come in the form of the use of fossil fuels. 

Americans spend an average 8% of income on food. Household and societal changes will necessarily occur when that cost doubles and triples. Look for greater local, even household, food production (it has already increased). Von Thunen's theory of peri-urban agricultural zonation might become of greater relevance.

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