The birth of the internet era has generated more erudite elite than all other eras in the course of human history combined. We have more lawyers, teachers, engineers, pharmacists, and doctors today than there ever were, so these people should naturally have the sense to not to waste food, no?
Two years ago a university student in my college decided to throw away his food. We got into an argument and I was so enraged I literally trembled with anger, because he said: "why live a torturous life just to finish the food you can't finish, when throwing away is a much easier option?"
We rarely talked since.
Two weeks ago a friend of mine decided to waste her food. Yesterday I saw a lady ordered a set of chicken rice, only to finish the meat and ignore the rice. And I saw, just moments ago, a friend confessed she wasted food recently.
Well I guess I've put too much hope in humanity. One who has had the highest level of education one can get may not necessarily acting like one. But the reason they're wasting food, I think, is because they do not know how not wasting food can save those hungry children.
Wealthy people constitute only a small percentage in a population, but they normally demand for more food than they can take. As a result, the price of food goes high. Under the circumstances, the poor can never outcompete the rich for food.
But if everyone takes only what they need with zero waste, then the demand for food will not be as high. When the demand drops, so does the price. So when the price of food comes down, millions of people living under the poverty line in India and Africa can afford to feed their family.
Make sense ?
If you have a small appetite, share the food. If you only want the chicken and not the rice, you can always tell the uncle to exclude the rice, and you can pay less for your food. If your order comes in a large portion, you can always share, learn the lesson and order less the next time.
p/s: for those corporate rascals that said I dont really care, you should be dropped in the middle of Sahara.