Colossal waste

I like watching the Food Network.  Mostly, I like watching competition, it’s just that now I like watching a competition that has to do with food.  I like food in general and I really love cooking myself, although I don’t have the time to do as much I would like to do.  I like watching Chopped and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and a lot of other shows (I don’t like watching some of the stuff Andrew Zimmerman eats).  I love cooking above all and I like competition.

But, it amazes me how much food they waste.  During the time leading up to Christmas the message from the network was child hunger.  I am watching show after show of expensive food items being cooked for people, who are then judged about their technique and presentation and blah, blah, blah…  I enjoy these shows but they just sound so pretentious and out of touch.  This world, centered around a profession that generally works eighteen hour days, seven days a week, and really take some time before they get anywhere.

Isn’t that what television is about?  Isn’t that what we have become as a country?  One big colossal waste after another?  Wasteful

government spending here, excessive college tuitions costs, entirely completely wasteful.  I throw away far too much food and spend entirely too much money on food.  Sometimes I feel guilty about how much I dump in the trash but it is not often enough.  And I watch a television network that tells me that 20% of America’s children go hungry (which cannot be entirely true since I never see malnourished children even in the streets of Boston) while they throw away so much food.

I don’t know what to do with how I feel about all this.  Right, now I feel like a hypocrite more than anything and someone who far too often takes for granted what this country has to offer.

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