I get the collywobbles about the amount of food that is wasted. A case in point was when eating out recently. My husband and I were given 12 roast potatoes to share – plus other vegetables. No way could we munch our way through 12 spuds. The waiter, when questioned, admitted that anything we didn’t eat would be thrown away.

Around the same time as the potato incident, I heard a radio programme about gleaning. Gleaning goes back centuries. Remember the Biblical story of Ruth? She had emigrated to a new country with her mother-in-law. They were both widows and in need of food. Local farmer, Boaz, let Ruth glean from his fields. Moreover, he asked his workers to deliberately leave extra bits on the ground for Ruth. She gleaned enough food for herself and Naomi – and ended up marrying the farmer!

The recent radio programme reported from a farm where cauliflowers were being gleaned by volunteers. The harvested vegetables were to be distributed where the food was needed and would be appreciated.

Do we moan about increased food prices? Do we buy stuff we don’t really need? Do we chuck out some food? Do we have a conscience about the unfair distribution of wealth and food? What do we do about it? Having the ‘cauli’wobbles can be a good thing if it prompts us to think and act. If you want to find out more about modern day gleaning, google ‘gleaning network’.

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