I recently read an article posted on The Telegraph that caught my attention. In the Western worlds, large supermarkets are filled with “fresh” products and each one of those products carries an expiration date. What most of us don’t think about is who sets the expiration dates and how accurate are they? Also, what happens to all the food that is produced and doesn’t appear in our markets?
The problem of wasted food is shared between poor growing and transportation of products but also with putting unnecessarily short expiration dates, offering specials to encourage shoppers to buy more than they need, and convincing shoppers not to buy foods that have even the slightest blemishes and discoloring. This mainly pertains to perishable foods such as fruits and vegetables.
I think this is really sad that so much food is being wasted, for whatever the reason. With so much food being produced there is no reason for anyone to go hungry.
The full article can be found at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9791153/We-throw-away-half-our-food.html