The Trouble with Money

By now, a lot of you may have seen either Epic Meal Time on YouTube, or the television programme, Man vs. Food. Both are very different, as Epic Meal Time is short videos on YouTube that show the guys making insane food concoctions and then eating them, while Man vs. Food is advertised as a travel programme, hosted by Adam Richman, in which Richman travels across the USA to find the most intense (and usually largest) delicacies that he can find in each state, and then taking on the challenge to eat them.

To give you an example of what I’m talking about check out this video:

You can check out Epic Meal Time on their YouTube channel, but here’s a taster of what you’ll find there:

(Bacon is like, a thing, for the Epic Meal Time guys.)

Both programmes, in particular Epic Meal Time, are enough to make you feel pretty ill, but that’s not really my main issue with either of them.  While they are both highly entertaining, it also sickens me to see such sheer greed.

Here are some important statistics for you on world hunger*:

  • Hunger is the world’s number one health risk; it kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • One in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.
  • One out of four children in developing countries are underweight.
  • There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the USA, Canada, and the European Union.
  • In 2010 it was recorded that 925 million people do not have enough to eat, and 98% of them live in developing countries.

But these programmes are just the tip of the iceberg. Supermarkets throw away thousands of tonnes of edible food every year; in 2004 Tesco UK recorded that it sent 131,000 tonnes of waste to landfill, stating that the majority of it was food. Across the whole of the UK supermarkets generate 300,000 tonnes of food waste every year*. An article on Channel 4’s website states that, “The wonky carrot has become somewhat of a celebrity in the world of food waste. Supermarkets say consumers won’t buy them when mixed in with their straight, perfectly-shaped peers.”

The article also adds that, as a nation, we throw away more than seven million tonnes of food waste every year. But, in comparison with the USA, you’ll be shocked to hear that in 2010 it was recorded that our American friends across the pond created a staggering 34 million tonnes of food waste*.

If countries in which people had more than enough would share what they had, everyone in the world would have enough to eat. World hunger would no longer be an issue, and maybe the Epic Meal Time guys and Adam Richman would get real jobs. However, I fear the problem has gone too far; and that in itself makes me feel ill.


*All statistics provided by World Food ProgrammeChannel 4, and the United States Environment Protection Agency.


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