Unregulated "Sell By" Dates Increase Food Waste
Every year, 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten, leading to 160 billion pounds of wasted food in our landfills.
The Harvard Food Policy Clinic looks at just how much milk is thrown out in this video, as a result of sell by dates and the alarming rate at which dairy, one of the highest contributors to climate change is discarded. Stores (varies by state) inability to donate items past the "sell by" date, causes them to dispose of a large amount of dairy which takes one of the highest amounts of supply chain resources to cultivate.
“Sell by” and “expires on” are just two of the many confusing terms used by food producers to determine these dates, which aren't regulated by the U.S. government. The truth of the matter is that most food just passed a given date is still safe to eat. Ugly Fruit
The consumer demand for flawless fruits and vegetables has led major grocery chains to buy only picture-perfect produce from farmers. This leads to tons of perfectly good food going to waste.
It’s such a big issue that major grocery chains like Walmart and Whole Foods have started offering “ugly” fruits and vegetables at a discount in an attempt to reduce waste.Meal Planning to Reduce Food Waste
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