Comments:DrCaleb: So, if we eat twice as much as we are supposed to, and throw away half of what we make; do we make 4 times too much?
This scares me, as I just got a mental picture of North Americans not throwing any more food out and eating everything!
BeaverFever: Well, sounds like we produce 4 times too much. Alot of the wasted food goes straight from the grocery store shelf to the grocery store dumpster. Add to that the food goes straight from family fridge to the family garbage without ever being "made" into any meal. And then finally there are the half-eaten meal leftovers that get thrown out after dinner or after a week of growing fur in a tupperware contaner at the back of the fridge.
xerxes: A lot of the waste comes from food safety rules. Expiry dates have to be adhered to as well as food handling rules. Where I work, I make these:
If the bag ends up on the floor for whatever reason, it has to go in the garbage. The product in the bag is fine, but it still has to go. The amount of perfectly good food that is wasted is truly sickening but, for sanitary and legal reasons, it has to be done.
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