A Story About the Food We Don't Eat
Why Should We Care
In 2013, "nearly 49.1 Americans lived in food-insecure households"(Coleman-Jensen, 10). This means that at some point during that year, they struggled to put food on the table. In 2013, the USDA also reported that Americans threw away 165 Billion dollars worth of food, which is 20 pounds per person every month. We wasted a massive amount of food that could have gone to nearly 50 million Americans! Overall, this in not only a threat to the starving people worldwide, but it also takes a toll on the environment and the future of the Earth.
How Large Corporations Waste Food
Businesses waste food on a daily basis by throwing it out if it’s not visually appealing enough to be sold in a supermarket. The sad truth is that the culture in America has become prone to waste food since we’re so used to seeing supermarkets stocked to the brim with food. If we look at a piece of lettuce that looks bad, we just take another one. This has become the norm because corporations know that a first impression means everything, and consumers will pay top price for an appealing product. Look at these peaches for example...
This is the average peach you would find at a grocery store. By USDA standards, this peach may be sold at a grocery store.
Peach No. 2
This peach will never be sold at the grocery store, because of it's awkward shape. As soon as a peach is labeled number 2, it loses up to two-thirds of its value.
The Big Picture
When all the ripe peaches have been harvested, the unappealing ones will be left to rot, even though the contents of number 1 and 2 peaches are the exact same.
Peach No. 2
Why Don't Companies Just Donate the Food?
"Best By" Dates
The Environmental Impact
What Can We Do About It?
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Hungerand Climate Change. Farmington, CT: Carrier Corporation, 2015. Print.
- Leib, Emily Broad. The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America. N.p.: NRDC, Sept. 2013. PDF.
- "Protecting Our Food Partners." Feeding America. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2016. <http://www.feedingamerica.org/ways-to-give/give-food/become-a-product-partner/protecting-our-food-partners.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/>.
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