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Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?

 
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11/21/2012 09:16 AM
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Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?

There are no hard-and-fast rules for food expiration dating. Most people don't want to take chances, so once food hits the printed expiration date, they simply toss it out.

But tossing it out has become a problem in itself. It's been estimated that up to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes right in the trash.

"I can be as picky as everybody else," says Janet Kalish, and she can afford to be. She's no vagrant - Kalish is a New York City high school teacher who got fed up with seeing supermarkets toss out good food. So for the past eight years she's been doing her shopping on the streets.

She told Smith, "I would say about 90 percent of what I eat is 'rescued food'" - food that comes from the garbage.

And she doesn't need to look very hard. She showed Smith a "pretty close to a perfect eggplant," and loaves of bread still warm.

Even in a down economy, food is apparently still cheap and plentiful enough to waste. According to a recent estimate, Americans throw out $165 billion worth of food every year. That's about 20 pounds per person every month.

[link to www.cbsnews.com]

There you have it. 165 BILLION US$ worth of food a year gets thrown away. In Belgium, it's more than 600 million Euro. These are incredible sums.

And most of this food is still valuable. It can be eaten.

Don't you think there is something very, very wrong with our industrial/economic system ?

Here in Belgium, a man was actually accused of theft because he took food from a waste container which was put outside by a supermarket. The supermarket management said it committed an illegal act. He was acquitted at the trial however. Nobody can make such a thing hard.

Up to 40% of the food production thrown away in the US...try to imagine what that means. And all that food needed huge amounts of energy, cost huge amounts to be transported and stored, and finally just winds up in the wastebin.

We should rethink this.
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11/21/2012 09:18 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Here in Belgium, a man was actually accused of theft because he took food from a waste container which was put outside by a supermarket. The supermarket management said it committed
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...HE committed...
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11/21/2012 09:24 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Here in Belgium, a man was actually accused of theft because he took food from a waste container which was put outside by a supermarket. The supermarket management said it committed
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...HE committed...
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I think that can be the case in some areas of the United States as well, you may be arrested for dumpster diving.
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11/21/2012 09:24 AM

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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Most food will last years beyond the sell by date, as long as it's store properly.
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11/21/2012 09:35 AM

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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Most food will last years beyond the sell by date, as long as it's store properly.
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Yes, vietnam vets tell of eating k-rations from WWII--canned food that stayed good for decades. Our expiration dates are CYA for the food manufacturers not to get sued by you if it should go bad--nothing more.

Too bad we won't have the longest-lasting stuff of all anymore--Twinkies!
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11/21/2012 09:37 AM

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Food can't be wasted...when tossed out some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from...I just hate throwing out food because I paid for it.
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11/21/2012 09:46 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Food can't be wasted...when tossed out some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from...I just hate throwing out food because I paid for it.
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a voice of reason in the desert of green-hippy-earth day-global warming-insanity.
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11/21/2012 09:48 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Food can't be wasted...when tossed out some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from...I just hate throwing out food because I paid for it.
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a voice of reason in the desert of green-hippy-earth day-global warming-insanity.
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just to make myself clear: this is supposed to be a compliment.

:)

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11/21/2012 09:53 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?

There are no hard-and-fast rules for food expiration dating. Most people don't want to take chances, so once food hits the printed expiration date, they simply toss it out.

But tossing it out has become a problem in itself. It's been estimated that up to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes right in the trash.

"I can be as picky as everybody else," says Janet Kalish, and she can afford to be. She's no vagrant - Kalish is a New York City high school teacher who got fed up with seeing supermarkets toss out good food. So for the past eight years she's been doing her shopping on the streets.

She told Smith, "I would say about 90 percent of what I eat is 'rescued food'" - food that comes from the garbage.

And she doesn't need to look very hard. She showed Smith a "pretty close to a perfect eggplant," and loaves of bread still warm.

Even in a down economy, food is apparently still cheap and plentiful enough to waste. According to a recent estimate, Americans throw out $165 billion worth of food every year. That's about 20 pounds per person every month.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24244954


[link to www.cbsnews.com]

There you have it. 165 BILLION US$ worth of food a year gets thrown away. In Belgium, it's more than 600 million Euro. These are incredible sums.

And most of this food is still valuable. It can be eaten.

Don't you think there is something very, very wrong with our industrial/economic system ?

Here in Belgium, a man was actually accused of theft because he took food from a waste container which was put outside by a supermarket. The supermarket management said it committed an illegal act. He was acquitted at the trial however. Nobody can make such a thing hard.

Up to 40% of the food production thrown away in the US...try to imagine what that means. And all that food needed huge amounts of energy, cost huge amounts to be transported and stored, and finally just winds up in the wastebin.

We should rethink this.


I'm glad to live in a society that can afford to throw away food.

It would really suck to live in the Sahara desert and to have no food at all.
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11/21/2012 10:00 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
I'm glad to live in a society that can afford to throw away food.

It would really suck to live in the Sahara desert and to have no food at all.

Thousands of (african) people die trying to illegally cross over the mediterranean sea into europe.

I prefer to live on this side of the border and throw away food or into the toilet or whatever than to be one of those (african) people who have no food at all.

Or yes. I enjoy throwing away food. I even have no problem throwing bred into the toilet and pissing on it.

Why? because this in this civilisation, the distribution basic necessities like food to the people are a piece of cake for it.

We have much more sophisticated and more important deeds to occupy ourselves here in the civilised world than to worry about food.

except for those crazy green folk of course.

If you worry about starving africans so much why don't you do something about it? Why dont you go there and make the deserts green for example.

(Some people are actually doing that. and more to come.)
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11/21/2012 10:03 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Food can't be wasted...when tossed out some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from...I just hate throwing out food because I paid for it.
 Quoting: BRIEF


a voice of reason in the desert of green-hippy-earth day-global warming-insanity.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27600671


just to make myself clear: this is supposed to be a compliment.

:)

rant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27600671

I would rather see this as sarcasm.

What he said goes for s*** as well - some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from.

But unlike s***, food meant for human consumption and manufactured at a vast expense, should go to humans.
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11/21/2012 10:08 AM
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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
I'm glad to live in a society that can afford to throw away food.

It would really suck to live in the Sahara desert and to have no food at all.
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But IS this so ?

Can our society afford to throw away food ?
Doesn't this raise any questions or concerns with you ?

With all this economic/financial s*** we seem to being bogged down in for several years now, and with the prospect of it only gettng worse, even to the point of million of Americans preparing - literally - for the worst, can you offhand claim that we can afford this ? What about millions of people in other places who are still starving ?
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11/21/2012 10:20 AM

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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Food can't be wasted...when tossed out some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from...I just hate throwing out food because I paid for it.
 Quoting: BRIEF


a voice of reason in the desert of green-hippy-earth day-global warming-insanity.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27600671


just to make myself clear: this is supposed to be a compliment.

:)

rant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27600671


LOL, that's how I took it :)

hf
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BRIEF
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11/21/2012 10:23 AM

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Re: Can we afford throwing vast quantities of food away ?
Food can't be wasted...when tossed out some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from...I just hate throwing out food because I paid for it.
 Quoting: BRIEF


a voice of reason in the desert of green-hippy-earth day-global warming-insanity.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27600671


just to make myself clear: this is supposed to be a compliment.

:)

rant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27600671

I would rather see this as sarcasm.

What he said goes for s*** as well - some creature will consume it or it will go back to where it came from.

But unlike s***, food meant for human consumption and manufactured at a vast expense, should go to humans.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24244954


I don't consume manufactured foods, I cook from scratch...
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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