- Posted October 14, 2012 by
Des Moines, Iowa
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Questions for Candy Crowley
Increase food, water and fuel supplies
This question has to deal with geo-political challenges across this globe. It has to deal with managing limited resources that we all depend on to live. These items are clean running water, for both drinking and for farming. It also has to deal with food and fuel, as well. According to a recent report, the world consumes only 60 percent of all food grown or raised.
Apparently a lot gets spoiled before it is bought. Like those vegetables at the grocery stores you overlook, because they appear bad. They say 60 percent of food never gets to 3rd world countries due to transportation challenges like bad roads and bridges. I recently read about a new recycling program in Portland, where they reuse thrown away food to be used as energy. This could be a newer version of biofuels to where we do not use food before it is produced, like corn. Imagine if excess school cafeteria food were recycled, instead of thrown away, to fuel school buses? Can new APPs be created to streamline the food chain so to reduce this food waste? Can better food packaging be produced, to prevent more food spoilage, before it gets to market and to homes? Can new research be done, in this area, to reduce the overall price of our groceries; since there would be an increase in supply of both food and fuel? Are there other ideas to address the food shortage challenge across the globe?
If you were to google "food waste" you will find many web links. They say in the US, we waste 40 percent of all food produced. I noticed many articles on the amount of clean water wasted, as well. If you think about it, after it rains, this fresh water simply runs off your roof and down the street drains. Can we find new ways to catch this rainwater? They already have rain barrels to catch this water running down your drainpipes. Can there be new ways to catch this rainwater running down the street drains? Can retention ponds be dug up in smart areas to do this? This water could then be used as bottled water to sell. This way, cities could get back on their investments for digging up these new retention ponds... How about in 3rd world counties? Can they catch more of this water for when it does rains there? Can these simple ideas increase the supply of limited clean water here in the states and around the world? You be the judge. Then we may not only reduce everyone's grocery prices, we may get more food, water and fuel to poor areas of the globe. What are your thoughts of new research to decrease waste of these limited resources that we all need to survive?