A few months ago I expressed my frustration with the misdirected efforts of food waste reduction organizations in this blog.

Stephen Satterfield’s recent article for Civil Eats digs deeper into this issue by covering Phat Beet’s open letter to Food Shift shines a light on an example of the recent capitalizing on food waste at the expense of small scale producers.

I want to reiterate that we need to think of systemic solutions, such as shifting our values away from overproduction at all initial and human costs and towards equitable distribution of quality regionally- and culturally-relevant foods. Doing so requires creating new infrastructure to cycle nutrients instead of relying on (and blaming) individuals.