Source: Americans throw away 40 percent of their food
Americans are tossing away 40 percent of their food essentially every other piece of food that crosses our plate or the equivalent of $2,275 a year for a family of four, according to a new report.
Food waste has swelled by 50 percent since the 1970s in this country. A total $165 billion annually in leftovers gets trashed by homeowners and in unsold or unused perishables or scraps dumped by grocers or restaurants, according to research compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Given the drought, rising food prices, and increased food demands we’re looking at as the population grows, having a more efficient food system is going to be a critical for Americans survival.
Trimming waste in the U.S. food supply by only 15 percent would save enough edible goods to feed 25 million Americans annually.
Dated foods: In the U.K. the government has worked to standardize expiration dates on food and beverage products. Many British grocers have stopped including those dates often merely a tool to help store clerks stock their shelves with the older products out front. Instead, they use codes to help organize their goods. And if dates are included, they are truly meant to reflect when the food item is no longer healthy to eat or drink.
In the United States, we see them as safety dates but they’re actually not safety dates. And these dates are not regulated federally for the most part. They are meant to indicate the manufacturers’ suggestion for peak quality rather than anything that would indicate the food is actually going bad. So a lot of people just throw it out after that date, not understanding that.”