The End of Excess

September 7, 2011

Hank Pin

Being Chinese, food plays a large role in my culture. The struggle to survive famine has always been a reoccurring one in Chinese history. When I was younger, my mother would always tell me her experience with food shortages, and how people struggle to live with limited amount of resources. Even now, when I am living in a comfortable middle-class lifestyle, I can’t help but to think about the life that my parents lived through.
Today, one of the most important issues facing the world today is the food shortage. All over the world, food prices have been rising, as people find it harder and harder to feed their families. Yet, in the West, and especially among the upper-class area, the effects of the global food shortage are barely noticeable.  In fact, a study once claims that Americans throw away 40% of their food. However, simply not seeing the problem doesn’t mean the problem does not exist. For a large number of people, the 40% food that Americans throw away annually could be used to feed their families!
As Catholics, we are called to stand in solidarity with those who are less fortunate, to be “our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” We need to learn that the age of excess is gone, and the current wasteful lifestyle that we lead is unsustainable. It is my hope that through this internship, I will learn more about the food shortage the world is facing, and help to build a more just society.