Never Waste Food!

Posted: July 17, 2016 in Articles
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Yesterday, I read an article about all the wasting of food that happens in the United States. We’ve written before about how people leave heaps of food on their plates in buffets (which then gets thrown away), but this waste is on a different scale. Apparently a lot of produce gets thrown away before it even reaches stores. Have you ever been in a grocery store and noticed that, unless produce is labeled as, “Organic,” it is usually without blemish of any type? We certainly have, and while that can be partially attributed to the extensive use of pesticides, it is, according to this article, also due to the fact that big food growers throw away any produce that isn’t perfect.

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This, of course, means that tons of food is thrown away. Research says that half of all of the produce grown in the US is thrown away (I believe feeding to hogs, for example, is considered thrown away). The types of blemishes mentioned in the article doesn’t affect the quality of the produce very much, if at all. I’m sure someone who really needed food wouldn’t mind a slightly misshapen pepper or grape. Imperfect produce could at least be offered to people at a lower price (?).

Anyway, the whole food wasting thing needs to stop, whether it be in individual homes or on large farms. We’re incredibly spoiled because we never have to be hungry, but some people don’t have as much as we do. We need to be grateful always and remember that whatever has been given can be taken away.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/us-food-waste-ugly-fruit-vegetables-perfect

Comments
  1. Libby says:

    The US is not alone in this, it is pretty universal in the western world though some stores are making attempts to change things.

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