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Waste may be sustainable in a world subjected to the first law of thermodynamics where nothing is created nor destroyed. However, the quality of the transformed matter is certainly not sustainable. Think about it!

In a world where climate change has just began to show its polarizing effects of quality degradation in terms of colder winters, hotter summers, drier droughts, and greater floods, we all must know first hand what quality degradation is about.

Further, any type of waste should be unacceptable while millions of human beings struggle every single day to put food on their table.

Waste, of any kind, but especially food and water, represents a slap on the face of those who spend day and night trying to feed their families to survive one more day. Food and water waste should be considered criminal acts all over the world, not just in France, hopefully the rest of the world will soon follow suit.

Some may argue, isn’t that too radical? Well, think about it, what is the difference between killing someone directly with a gun and indirectly allowing someone to die of thirst or starvation?

Others could argue that “waste is a natural process” in every day’s life. But, think again, Mother Nature does not even know what “waste” means because in her world nothing at all goes to waste, she is the perfect consumer with a perfectly clear purpose for everything.

Being able to eat on a daily basis is supposed to be one of the most basic of humans rights, yet, millions go hungry each day and not because there is not enough food. Food production has kept well above the needs of the growing global population, despite ignorant, Malthusian, and unsubstantiated claims about the “excessive” number of people on earth. People go hungry mainly because of corruption which renders inefficient all efforts to feed them. Corruption is a consequence of lack of values e.g., moral, ethical, spiritual, which is the main culprit not only of starvation but also of all the maladies around the world.

So, what is the solution?

Obviously, we must eradicate corruption! But here comes the trillion-dollar question: how?

The only sustainable way is to eradicate corruption is to instill moral, ethical and spiritual values in the present and future generations, while providing the best environment conducive to the development of ideal-seeking behavior.

This seems a high order, but based on the resources wasted on so many bureaucratic programmes around the world, this should not be too difficult to accomplish, but only if the powers that be share this common ideal and get to work.

Some people care more about animals than about their fellow human beings. It is commendable to care about all creatures, but it would be hard to argue that animal care comes before human care.

Let’s have our priorities clear and the fundamental purpose of our existence in mind on a daily basis.

JC Wandemberg Ph.D.

President & Founder

Sustainable Systems International

About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and stocks trader, keynote speaker, published author, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.

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