A staggering 40% of food produced in the United States is never eaten. Having decades of cheap and plentiful food has been a blessing, but has left many of us with a carefree attitude about wasting food. After all, there is plenty more where it came from, and, with a quick trip to store, it can be easily replaced. Adding to the food waste is the confusing and often overly-cautious best-by mark on food products, leading many to throw out perfectly safe food with the outlook of “better safe than sorry.” Grocers often throw away completely edible food because it doesn’t look “pretty” or is too close to (but not past) their expiration dates. This way of thinking contributes to the sad fact that food makes up 20% of the landfills.
In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency and the USDA launched a campaign to reduce food waste 50% by the year 2030. Among the proposals is a bill to simplify food labels and end the confusion about expiration dates. Watch the video below to see some of the creative solutions being offered, and how you can help end food waste.
Want to learn more about the food waste problem? John Oliver’s take on the issue is nothing less than spectacular! If you’d like to help tackle the problem, sign this petition that keeps “ugly” food from being wasted.
TC currently lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest, bellied up to a sun lamp. In addition to writing, she enjoys photography and estate sales, and is the proud mother to an ever-growing collection of cacti.