This week on the Heads Up podcast, Mr. Gaylyn Bonjour stops by the studio to discuss a range of topics from hunger around the world to food waste and over-consumption in America.
Reading from news headlines, we learn that Americans throw away more than 25 percent of all their food—amounting to 96 billion pounds of food per year, or 263 million pounds per day—3,000 pounds per second. What a staggering statistic! Yet despite so much waste, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that no U.S. state has an obesity rate lower than 20 percent!
Our discussion with Mr. Bonjour reminds us that not all nations consume—or waste—as much food as the U.S. does. Consider these facts from the
World Food Programme:
• Hunger is the world’s number one health risk.
• One out of four children in developing countries is underweight.
• There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the U.S, Canada and the European Union.
On this topic, Mr. Bonjour urges Heads Up listeners to read “Why Worry About Waste?”—a powerful article by Mr. Rod McNair in the September-October 2011 issue of Tomorrow’s World magazine. In his article, Mr. McNair offers us hope from God’s word: “Truly, modern society has been seduced into adopting a culture of wastefulness. Thankfully, this will change under the rule of Jesus Christ in the Millennium.”
What can we do? Mr. Bonjour urges us to follow the Bible’s admonition to be self-disciplined, to do the things of God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. With God’s help we have the power to make good choices and live in a way that is pleasing to Him and is good for the world around us.
Waste Land: Does the Large Amount of Food Discarded in the U.S. Take a Toll on the Environment?
Living Off America’s Food Waste
Overweight and Obesity
Health Statistics Obesity (most recent) by country
Food Stamp Participation Soars
World hunger facts
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Article source: http://www.headsupshow.org/signs-of-times/