I came to Food for Thought feeling spiritually malnourished and invisible. Coming from this place, I had expected this event to perpetuate my sense of smallness -- how could it not with these two grand figures it was centered upon? But within minutes all of that inner talk was silenced in the presence of two humble humanitarians -- Alice Waters and José Andrés -- who like sunshine coming through a window, warmly awakened me back to my senses. Their stories revealed sustainable ways to solve immense and multi-pronged problems through an earnest and consistently applied devotion, powered by simplicity.
Who knew that the most popular vegetable on earth is also the most wasted: 359,000 tons of perfectly pleasing potatoes are wasted globally. Of that, we buy, bring home and prepare 105,000 tons of potatoes that ultimately get thrown out. Several reasons are cited: the potato is cheap, simple and abundant and thus mass produced, yet overlooked.