Why grocery Stores Throw Out Good Food

1. Overstocked product displays:

Most grocery stores operate under the assumption that customers are more likely to buy produce if it’s from a fully stocked display. This assumption leads to overstocking, as well as damage to items on the bottom of those perfectly constructed produce pyramids.

2. Expectation of cosmetic perfection:

Customers have been trained to expect perfect, identically shaped produce. Retailers stock their produce according to that expectation — even if the shape, size, and color have nothing to do with quality.

This preference leads farms to avoid selling the so-called “B” stock to supermarkets. Whatever does make it through the cracks to store floor is taken out of stock.

3. Sell-by dates:

Most consumers have no idea what expiration dates, sell-by dates, use-by dates, or best-by dates mean. Consumers (and many sellers) wrongly assume that food is no longer good after these days. Instead, sell-by dates are guidelines for sellers to indicate peak freshness. Most foods are good long after the sell-by date.

Fearing consumers will either not buy the food or think the stores are carrying old products, most grocery stores pull the items out of stock several days before the sell-by date.

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-grocery-stores-throw-out-so-much-food-2014-10

Food waste comes with a price tag

About one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food. This happens  because people feel too full to finish big portions from a restaurant. People then figure to throw their scraps in the trash. The amount of food lost and wasted every year is equal to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crops (2.3 billion tons in 2009/10).In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. That food wasted could have gone to a food drive, a person starving, or a family that can’t afford to have a  nice dinner. It’s a shame to hear that their is still world hunger while food is being wasted. If food is wasted, the food wasted can go to hungry people.

http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts

Tips on reducing food waste

1. Think before you shop – more than a third of us go shopping without a list.

  • Check what you have at home before you shop.
  • Make a list – it saves time and money.
  • Shop with meals in mind – you’ll end up throwing less away.

2. Use or lose your food – 60% of us end up throwing away food because it’s passed its ‘use-by’ date.

  • Plan your meals with the ‘use-by’ date in mind – it will save you money.
  • Know your fridge – keep an eye on what’s inside. Be mindful of the perishable food you have and plan meals to fit in with their ‘use-by’ dates. This will prevent unnecessary waste.

3. Befriend your fridge – 70% of our fridges are set at too high a temperature.

  • Store food according to the instructions on pack – leaving food out of the fridge can cut the life of foods like milk, cooked meats and salad by up to 100%.
  • Keep your fridge between 1-5°C – this helps you get the best from your food. If your fridge doesn’t indicate actual temperature, think about investing in a fridge thermometer.

 

http://www.thinkeatsave.org/index.php/top-tips-on-reducing-food-waste

Use these tips to reduce food waste! 😀

The problem of excessive food waste

Every year, the average person produces nearly 475 pounds of food waste. That adds up to a whopping 70+ million tons, making it the third largest component by weight in our landfills.

Not only does this waste attract vermin, it emits odors and liquids that are toxic to the environment. The methane gas generated from food waste is 20 to 25 times more potent than CO2.

The Problem: Excessive Food Waste

Food waste effects the environment, so please don´t waste food! ):

Wasted food

Getting food from the farm to our home eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and  80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. Americans are throwing out $165 billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills  which produces a large portion of U.S. methane emissions. Reducing food waste by just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack  foo.  People can reduce food waste by shopping wisely, knowing when food goes bad, buying produce that is edible even if it’s less presentable looking, cooking only the amount of food they need, and eating their leftovers. To prevent food waste, I eat leftovers. Eating left overs not only saves food, it also saves your own money. Wasting food equals wasting money because you paid for your food.

https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf