Why is 40% of food produced in America unused?
May 22, 2017 1:35pm CST
I found this information hard to swallow. 40 percent of food produced in America never makes it to the table. Can you believe it? Have you heard about it? What do you think about it?
Roughly 40 percent of food produced in America never makes it to the table. Whether it rots in the field, is trashed at the supermarket, or thrown out at hom...
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• United States
22 May 17
@1hopefulman Oh yes, we are. With a plethora of foods to choose from and so many places to have food served to us, we have been spoiled due to the fact that food is so easy to obtain any time we would like. Very little effort for us to eat what we want.
22 May 17
Sadly shops overstock and people over buy! We buy our food on a day to day basis which has cut down the amount we have to throw out. The only time we buy extra is on a Friday I can cook some meals or soup to go in the freezer at the weekend so there's always something there if I finish work late!
• Garden Grove, California
22 May 17
when I still cooked for myself I never bpigjt too much food and if I had left overs 'I used them for another meal never threw any thing out or wasted food now here in this retirement center I am appalled at jow much food is actually thrown out because people do not 'lke it or just ate a teaspoonful and left the rest of the food to be dumped tj
• Johannesburg, South Africa
31 May 17
Yes @1hopefulman , it is sad, but if something doesn't look perfect, there is a worry it won't sell. And the end goal is profit. Meantime, If I had a green thumb, I would plant my own vegetables and fruit and even if they were not perfect I would use them for cooking or baking.
31 May 17
@bluesa Believe it or not but this morning I ate 7 golden russet bosc pears from South Africa for breakfast. I didn't know where they were from when I bought them. The reason I bought them was that the price was really good compared to other pears. I don't mind fruit or vegetables that may not be the "perfect" shape if the price is discounted. They were delicious that I will go back and buy more if the price is the same.
30 May 17
@1hopefulman Yes yes yes. Oh, I think that's a culture problem, so the hole country need to learn the importance and value that food has and also not to waste it. Maybe starting by teaching the little children in school, that could be a good start
• Washington, District Of Columbia
There are quality standards at most major retail stores. What's not taken to the shelf needs to be taken immediately to churches and salvage food centers where people can get them for free. Or a salvage business can sell them at low cost. No need to let usable food go to waste. People also should start off with lower portions. And make a special effort not to waste.
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 May 17
@1hopefulman Greed always comes to mind when this subject comes up. Maybe that is not the reason, but why is so much wasted rather than shared? In the USA many food items are shared, but still too much wasted.