We're wasteful people. Maybe not you and maybe not me but definitely "we". Some of us try to live as consciously as possible but it hardly matters when the rest of us are inconsiderate and lazy. The United States wastes about $165 billion in food every year. Half of the food produced in the US is wasted between the farm and the fork! This video reveals the numbers behind the food we waste. It's pretty rough and it doesn't get much better. [Visual.ly via FoodBeast]
This is a chronic problem at my house. We shop at Trader Joes on a Sunday evening to get food for the week. Then the week starts and chaos ensues. I have a deadline at work and get home late. Wife is too tired to cook because her day was stressful too, so I bring home takeout. The next evening my brother-in-law calls and invites us to dinner. Two planned meals at home not prepared. Food spoils and gets tossed. Especially because it's Trader Joes. TJ is awesome but most of what they sell fresh has like 4 days left before expiration.
I'm trying to get us to not buy things until the day we make them, or the day before, but then we have to carve out more time on the way home from work to shop.
American life is just too time-constrained to plan meals properly. This is a big part of the problem.