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Most of us have heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” But the anthropology of garbage has also shown us that “we are what we throw away,” and the pictures aren’t pretty.
The EPA estimates that in 2008, Americans generated 250 million tons (or 500 billion pounds) of trash, almost 30 percent of the world’s global total.
The often uncomfortable topic of garbage has permeated our collective consciousness. The opening sequence of the 1973 cult movie Soylent Green showcases disturbing images of rapid industrialization, pollution and waste. Fast-forward to the post-apocalyptic visions of movies like Children of Men (2006) (based on PD James’ 1992 novel), and "Wall-E" (2008), set against a backdrop of environmental devastation caused by unsustainable consumption, and you’d think humans were preparing for a cultural shift.
Last month, we learned about the individuals and organizations leading the “School Food Revolution.” In this final article in our series, we’ll find out why New York is at the forefront of that revolution. We’ll tell you about some of the incredible projects several New York schools are launching to improve cafeteria food and educate their children about healthy eating and sustainability.View Article