Ever since I watched Dive! (http://www.divethefilm.com/) a few years ago, I have been ultra-concerned with the amount of food we waste. I learned that about 50% of all the food produced in the U.S. ends up in the dump. When students approach me about writing on GMOs “because they are going to save the world,” I’m the (annoying) teacher who challenges their thinking by forcing them to consider the amount of food we waste as a potential solution to the food crisis. My request is logical: Do not overstate the impact of any one solution on world hunger. I must admit that my ulterior motive is to save myself from reading another paper on the GMO debate, primarily because the issue is a confusing mess from which no one has derived a clear definition that distinguishes genetically modified from hybridized organisms. After all, humans have been hybridizing crops since agriculture began. Only one of my students has addressed how to solve the food waste problem. Obviously, individuals must first take personal responsibility for their waste and do what they can in their day-to-day lives to eliminate as much garbage as possible. Once I accepted responsibility for my waste, I realized that this endeavor would require a thorough examination of my lifestyle. It’s overwhelming: Almost everything I do creates waste! My epiphany for today is that I need to break my sustainability efforts into manageable pieces of my lifestyle, and I will start with eating. I chose eating first because it captures four priorities: health, efficiency, waste reduction, and avoiding contributions to corporate entities. If my health is good, I will be able to minimize food-related tasks and handle the stressors of life, freeing time for working on goals such as waste reduction. I do not doubt that eating is the most waste-inducing activity of my life. Waste is produced as a result of processing, packaging, preparation, expiration, and digestion. I recently read that meat processing is the most detrimental to our environment. However, I have decided I am not willing to give it up because vitamin B is essential to me. Thus, my sustainable action this week was to call a local organic meat producer (http://www.langefarmmeats.com/) and place an order that should last me one year. The order will cost me about a third of what I usually spend on meat per year. Next week, I will look into joining a CSA for which my health insurance company offers a reimbursement. In the meantime, I will search for recipes that will allow me to prepare and store meals, so I can avoid resorting to fast food when I need to eat on the run.