Ok, so if this is your first time checking in about Denver Food Rescue (DFR), maybe you’re thinking, what now—is the food drowning? Caught in a burning building? Why does it need to be rescued?
On the contrary, the food is in great shape—leafy greens, shiny apples, colorful roots—just waiting to be chopped into bite size portions and devoured. Instead, it gets thrown away.
Take a minute to think about everything that goes into growing, say, a carrot. Fuel for the planting and harvesting machines. Fuel for the crop dusters. Water (if that carrot is grown in California, well, that’s a serious consideration). Fertilizer. Fuel to get the carrot from California to Colorado. All right, I don’t honestly know all the inputs, but those are the basics. Then, that carrot arrives at your local grocery store, it has a weird lump on one side so everyone picks around it, and a few days later it in the trash or compost. 25 calories, and all those vital, limited resources, wasted.
In fact, the food waste problem in the U.S. goes way beyond a carrot or two. Actually, about30-40% of all food produced here ends up in landfills.
So, yeah, we’re talking about rescuing food. That poor, helpless carrot is bound for the trash heap, andWonder Woman a.k.a Denver Food Rescue swoops in at the last moment, saving the carrot from impending doom. Then the carrot goes on to fulfill its delicious destiny between someone’s teeth. But more on that in next month’s blog post.
What I want to convey here is that in a world defined by limited resources, where even water is getting scarce, DFR rescues not just the food, but saves all of those inputs from being wasted. Those carbon emissions from all that fuel don’t go into the atmosphere for naught—and in an ideal world, where we cut that 30-40% of waste down, we could stabilize or decrease food production and still feed people in the U.S.
DFR’s vision is big, it’s bold, it’s sustainable—frankly, it’s heroic.
–By Devon Reynolds, a volunteer and fan