A week ago, I watched a short documentary about global food waste. In Salinas California, trucks after trucks lined up to dump tons of food away. We see bags of pre-washed salad leaves being dumped into landfills by the thousands. These were removed from grocery store shelves not too long ago. My heart ached for the waste of still edible food, for the labourers, for the waste of resources such as water and electricity, for the many millions whom are starving or in need of a decent meal.
Yesterday, D and I went to the shopping mall. Despite the many stores and the dizzying amount of products, we were unable to find what we were looking for. Unable to find the right size of the desired piece of fashion which is the current trend. Ah yeah, said D, we were too late. All the good stuff are gone.
What will happen to the not so good stuff then, if they are not sold within the year? What will happen to the no-longer-desired items? Do they get dump into landfills, like those thousands of bags of pre-washed salad in Salinas?
Demand has shrunk. Even though I am rather sure that the economic well-being of the masses is the main factor, I shall not write off the possibility of environmental awareness as one of the many influencing factors.
Time for the suppliers to slim-line their productions. The current supply-demand system is broken. It is blind, dumb, and simply unsustainable.