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Reality TV Wasted Food

I am a self-proclaimed reality tv addict and that is ok by me (keep your opinion to yourself). What I have been having a hard time wrapping my head around is the amount of food that gets thrown way or is wasted in some other fashion.

I did a little research and found some shows apparently feed their staff with leftovers, donate to good causes, or even to farmers to use as compost or feed. Unfortunately, what I witnessed this week brought tears to my eyes every time I witnessed it, and I don’t even watch the live-stream of this particular show so other than what was broadcast I do not know how much food was actually wasted.


I was watching CBS’s Big Brother (again keep your opinion to yourself), when this heart wrenching waste of food hit me. After one of the competitions the losers were tasked with making pies and instructed to smash them in other contestants faces and/or their own.


Every time a pie was made and tossed part of me broke, all I could think about was every child who goes without food every day all over the world; yes even here in the United States! I know a whipped cream pie is not nutritionally something you would feed a child who was hungry, but the cost to make a pie like that could! Just some basic research found it would cost $3 for a cheap spray whipped cream, and $2 for a pre-made graham cracker crust. $5 could feed a child for day if you budget carefully and if you are really good like me at least two days!


I can’t even fathom how many pies were tossed, over the course of the punishment, but I would hazard to guess enough to feed several children for at least a week if not longer!


Perhaps I am the only one who cares or even notices, now maybe this post will make you wonder and consider all the food that is wasted on tv and perhaps we can start a movement to stop it? I guess that is probably too grandiose a thought/hope; I girl can hope can’t she.




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