Food that is produced and never eaten is a truly needless and avoidable form of waste. Because many people forget the value of food, they perhaps don’t realise how much they throw away every day. Any improvements to the efficacy of the food supply chain are incredibly important.
Expiration dates are weird and potentially dangerous! What’s the difference between Best By, Use By, and Sell By?! Will that old battery explode, or those leftovers give you food poisoning?! Find out in this video, as we explore the bizarre and twisty world of expiration dates.
Thomas Frank (collegeinfogeek.com)
& T. Michael Martin
T. Michael Martin
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In 2010, around one-third of the food produced in the United States was not consumed, and ended up being wasted. That is a troubling statistic, and represents a food waste crisis that if left ignored will continue to burn holes in the pockets of families, and contribute to waste and the myriad problems it causes our planet.
One of the first things you can do to cut food waste in your home is to stop treating the “best-before,” “use-by,” and “sell-by” labels as gospel that determine when food must instantly been thrown out. These labels are used for shelving and inventory purposes in stores, and you should always trust your eyes and nose before you trust a number on a package. Consider using food rather than throwing it out, unless your senses tell you otherwise!
Make your meal plans and take stock of what you have in your fridge and pantry before you go shopping, and shop accordingly. Consider joining a CSA to take advantage of freshness, and buy your groceries a few times a week and when needed, rather than all at once.