Why is 40% of food produced in America unused?

By Hope
@1hopefulman (33546)
Canada
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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@Corbin5 (119302)
• United States
22 May 17
I do believe Americans throw out a lot of food. Grocery stores too. I am sure at lot of unfinished fast foods go into the garbage also.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
22 May 17
It seems to happen in every field from the farms to everywhere else. Are we spoiled?
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@Corbin5 (119302)
• 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.
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@Essjayd (1619)
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!
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@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
22 May 17
I also buy small quantities and rarely throw something away.
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@Essjayd (1619)
22 May 17
@MALUSE I'm amazed how little we throw out plus we're saving cash by only buying what we will use.
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@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
22 May 17
@Essjayd I'm not a brilliant cook but I'm very good at concocting something out of leftovers. I usually make a salad.
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@AmbiePam (50251)
• United States
23 May 17
I like businesses who donate unused food to shelters, or soon to be expired produce to those who use it immediately.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
23 May 17
Yes, we are beginning to see more of that and that is good.
@Hatley (164471)
• 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
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
22 May 17
It is sad that so much food is thrown away but in retirement homes there's not too much they can do.
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
22 May 17
@1hopefulman no they have rules by the dept pf health that tjey have to abide by so they have to toos out freshly cookled uneaten food.
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
22 May 17
@Hatley aslos ilf they would not givesuch huge portons that would help as mostof us are mot that active and c ammot eat a ton of food at one meal.
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@bluesa (15196)
• 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.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
31 May 17
Yes, that is the problem. If it has a little flaw, consumers might not buy it. What if it was sold at a reduced price? Some might buy it to save money? Some places are doing that with success and reducing waste.
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@bluesa (15196)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
31 May 17
@1hopefulman agreed, If stores were not too greedy and would reduce the price then maybe less would go to waste.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
31 May 17
1hopefulman
@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.
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@Nawsheen (22955)
• Mauritius
22 May 17
So much wastage. In many countries people are so poor and they have to struggle so hard to get a morsel of food. Thats very bad. I heard that the Tesco supermarket was planning to give its unsold goods to charity.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
22 May 17
That's what I thought! It saddens me that there are people that don't have enough to eat.
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@Nawsheen (22955)
• Mauritius
23 May 17
@1hopefulman yes that's sad.
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@marguicha (103781)
• Chile
22 May 17
I have known that for a long time. And I think it is a shame that some people are in famine while in the US obesity is a mayor problem.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
22 May 17
Yes, it is sad that so much food goes to waste.
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@marguicha (103781)
• Chile
22 May 17
@1hopefulman I have read several times that the amount of food of the planet is more than enough to have everyone in good health as food goes.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
22 May 17
I totally believe it. Cheap food is easy to waste and portions are too big for regular human beings to handle in most US restaurants.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
23 May 17
It would be good to remember the many hungry people and see how best to use the abundance that exists in some countries.
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@youless (94251)
• Guangzhou, China
23 May 17
That's hard for me to believe. I don't know how they feel if it is real. I will feel very guilty because wasting the food is so bad because there are still so many people who are starving in the world.
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@luispas (1702)
• Venezuela
30 May 17
Could it be a sin? It's so sad to read this :( I know of so many people who would do anything for eat something, for themselves or their families :(
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
30 May 17
It is a sin. It is a crime. It is unloving. It is uncaring. How do you think the problem could be solved?
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@luispas (1702)
• Venezuela
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
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
31 May 17
@luispas There you go! If there was one government for the whole earth, do you think that might improve the distribution of food?
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@DianneN (87634)
• United States
28 May 17
It's a shame, but food safety plays a huge role.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
29 May 17
This article is not about food safety but about fruits and vegetables that don't look pretty, are not the right shape or is too big or too small.
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@DianneN (87634)
• United States
30 May 17
@1hopefulman There are stores that do sell these at a steep discount.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
30 May 17
@DianneN Yes there are these days but a lot is still wasted. It probably will get better with time. At least I hope it will.
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@db20747 (10304)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
7 Jan
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.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
7 Jan
Yes, there are things that can be done with food that is not perfect.
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@db20747 (10304)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
8 Jan
@1hopefulman what would that be? What else could we do?
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
8 Jan
@db20747 Give it to people. I would be happy to take it if it was free or inexpensive.
@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
27 May 17
Yes, as someone who has also written (and researched) about this, it is true!
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
28 May 17
Sad, isn't it? Considering that many people are dying for lack of food. Something is wrong somewhere.
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@PatZAnthony (13118)
• 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.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
29 May 17
@PatZAnthony The food in the video is fruits and vegetables that don't have the "perfect look" appeal but there is nothing else wrong with it and so it in never brought to market.
@kepweng (19133)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
5 Oct 17
lucky country like canada but they dont care about the food going to waste meanwile whre in the poor country all food is Not being wasted people even eat in garbage rotten foods
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
6 Oct 17
Yes, it is very sad that mankind is so disunited and doesn't care about the poor and starving people. When God's kingdom comes, all the problems will be solved. Don't lose faith!
@Julie555 (2549)
2 Jun 17
Shame on people who throw food. So many people are starving in this world, innocent children, women. Africa, India, many others.
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
5 Jun 17
I agree!
@buenavida (8271)
• Sweden
23 May 17
I hope those who can't get enough to eat could get donated food instead of this happening to so much useful foods!!
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
23 May 17
That would be nice! We need a better system.
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@rjain1055 (595)
30 May 17
Most people in this world don't get food. They sleep without eat. I think wasting of food is major concern!!!
@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
30 May 17
Yes, some are concerned about this horrible situation.
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30 May 17
Nothing happens with only concern, The people have to get their responsibilities
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@1hopefulman (33546)
• Canada
30 May 17
@rjain1055 We need a better management of the world.
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