We Are Throwing Away Our December Fruit

I blame the big supermarket chains, and you (and me)

Very Unpopular Strong Opinions Blog by Christyl Rivers

Photo by Mitch Love in Kailua

People used to share

Once upon a time people came to one another with meat, vegetables, tools, and more. We did not depend upon gigantic super stores for anything.

Okay. Yes, I am old, but not that old. However, we all can discern this is true from studying literature, history, and human nature.

Once upon a time the world was not designed around creating wealth and concentrating it entirely at the top. Power and policy, too, were once a bit more spread out, at least in some places.

If nothing else, people limited to region, had one another to depend upon, and that makes a world of difference as to our connection, our mutual caring, and our way of life.

Like last year, too, here on the farm we have too many avocadoes and citrus fruits. Most will go to waste. I cannot help but I think about distant days wherein neighbors would exchange all of this bounty.

That is, although nature uses all such gifts as nutrients, compost is not the only answer. With all the trips to the store, all the holiday feasting, people just don’t bother anymore to truly benefit from the gifts of the soil and toil we all put into the process.

Packaging and pollution

Even in crop abundant Kona, we have supermarkets for most people’s food.

These days we have plastic wrap/ packaging, over all our crap.

People seem unable to just say “no” to unnecessary death, of plants, animals, lifestyles, and more. That’s what waste is, the expectation of our entitlement above all other considerations.

Here in Hawaii, plastic pollution continues to kill billions of marine micro organisms and animals all the way up to whale size-sized mammals.

It’s in your diet, and every part of your day.

Our food waste also results in unhappy, and overweight people.

We emit carbon both in the process of production, and on the way to the store to get lots of stuff we end up wasting anyway.

This is very offensive to farmers, and I wish more people sounded the alarm about it.

Take some of your home-grown goodness to other people. Be grateful and willing to partake of theirs, too. Be part of the solution.

Earth sense is all about abundance. Our creation of artificial scarcity is an abomination, and needs careful examination.




Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.

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Christyl Rivers, Phd.

Christyl Rivers, Phd.

Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.

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