Posted by Trish Morris | Posted on 8:38 PM
I was driving to work the other morning, and as I often do, I listen to KLSS radio station (106.1). Harry O'Neil is the morning DJ, and he quite often has a few interesting facts he passes on to his morning listeners. That particular morning, I caught something that peaked my interest. He indicated that the Washington Post had an article about Americans wasteful natures and that this 'side of the pond' throws away approximately 40% of their food.
I was still curious after I got off work and arrived at home, so I checked that out on the net. I found quite a few articles (one here), and a portion of that article from the Washington Post caught my eye and I have included 2 parts below.
Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food every year, cramming landfills with at least $165 billion worth of produce and meats at a time when hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic hunger globally, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
And another -
On this side of the Atlantic, U.S. regulators could clear up confusion over date labeling, Gunders said. The “use by” and “sell by” dates are not federally regulated in this country, except for poultry and infant formula, and they often reflect when the product passes its peak quality rather than the product’s safety, she said.
As a result, consumers end up tossing food that’s safe to eat.
And they’re not proud of it, according to a survey released this month by Shelton Group, an advertising agency. Of the 1,000 people polled by the group, 39 percent rated wasting food as their top “green guilt” — the highest ranking, well ahead of leaving the lights on when they leave the room (27 percent) or not recycling (21 percent.)
Suzanne Shelton, the group’s founder, said people have the best of intentions when they fill their grocery baskets with meats and fresh produce. But life gets in the way. “We get swamped at work, or have to get our kids to various activities and we find ourselves picking up a pizza on the way home,” Shelton said in a statement. “By the end of the week, we’re throwing out the spoiled food from our refrigerators.”
Now, why do you think this information got my attention? With food prices going up, more American's headed to the 'obese' designation, and people's mindset that they cannot afford to eat healthy (fresh fruits & veggies, lean meats, whole grains) the mere fact that we throw so much away because the food is spoiled before we can eat it?!!!
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