In this post by Inhabitat, which concerns a World Bank report on the estimated amount of food humans waste, we find a piece of crucial information is missing...
According to the latest issue of the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch, the world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption. This shocking statistic means that while much of the world suffers from malnourishment, up 1520 calories per day are thrown away in the developed world.
This post makes it sound like this is a global problem that needs global solutions and not a problem caused by a few countries whose economies are ruled by the logic of the market. The truth of the matter, however, can simply be found in facts like this one, which is posted on the website for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP): Every year "consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes)."
Even the little speech by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, is quick to frame the problem in a global context and not one that has anything to do with the consumption habits of the inhabitants of advanced capitalist societies. Why? Because to do this would mean questioning the market, and therefore opening the door for solutions that would privilege human welfare over the core values of the market system.