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(Washington Examiner)   Americans waste nearly 1/3 of their food. Suck it Africa   (washingtonexaminer.com) divider line 103
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2014-02-25 12:24:10 PM
I'll take the blame for some of this, but I can't even tell you how many times I'll bring home strawberries or blueberries and find mold growing in there on somewhere inside the package, the same day I bought them. That sh*t was bad at the store. This is particularly a problem when you're buying them from Chile or Mexico ion wintertime. I don't know what it is, transportation, poor storage, just the window of time to market, whatever, but it sure seems to me like some of the supermarket food is not lasting very long.

All depends on the goods though. Apples keep practically forever, so do onions and garlic. Fresh greens go bad very fast, often they are already starting to look suspect when I buy them.

Also frankly speaking, it's really hard to find time to plan prepare and cook different meals in today's world. We end up eating a lot of spaghettis and frozen foods.

While I'm on the subject, grocery stores need to figure out how to keep their bread warm.
 
2014-02-25 01:05:57 PM
It's a new fad that's sweeping the nation!

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2014-02-25 01:06:16 PM
And yet, we still manage to eat enough to be a nation of fat farks.

Way to be.
 
2014-02-25 01:08:43 PM
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2014-02-25 01:10:16 PM
My mom once told me "Eat you dinner.  There are starving kids in China"
To which I replied "Are you going to send them this crap?  Honestly, I wouldn't waste the postage on this swill."

She hit me so hard that the next thing I knew, it was 12 years later and a Drill Sergeant was telling me to get my a$$ off his bus.
 
2014-02-25 01:10:42 PM
USA!

USA!

USA!
 
2014-02-25 01:11:08 PM
Africans waste around 50-60%
 
2014-02-25 01:14:04 PM
Easily one third of what I grow in my garden gets wasted.Fresh food is hard to keep, hard to keep from disease, and hard to consume when you a few plants decides they needs to produce more fruit than a Duggar.
 
2014-02-25 01:14:24 PM
Well to be fair, the bugs the other guys are eating are killed fresh daily..
 
2014-02-25 01:14:27 PM
 The report noted that 14 percent of garbage dumped into landfills is food waste, and that 49 million people, mostly poor, need more food.

I think we can all see the obvious solution here.

Put your gloves and waders on, poor people.  It's huntin' time.
 
2014-02-25 01:16:43 PM
Really? This 'article' couldn't possibly be politically motivated. To make Americans feel bad about themselves. No .. no .. that's not possible. Who would do such a thing? No .. no .. this article must have been so rigorously  vetted and edited and passed through five editors with fact checking and research and multiple independent sources and all of the very best investigative journalism that can be brought to bear.

Hahaha

yeah, right
 
2014-02-25 01:20:06 PM
Clean your plate and get fat. It's the only way to save starving children in Africa.
 
2014-02-25 01:22:36 PM
Yeah, but that 1/3rd is bones.
 
2014-02-25 01:22:44 PM

bdub77: I'll take the blame for some of this, but I can't even tell you how many times I'll bring home strawberries or blueberries


farking strawberries

you weren't moldy when I bought you yesterday, why are you moldy today?!
 
2014-02-25 01:23:40 PM
I got rid of a lot of my guilt by switching to other products.

I eat "ham and water product" now instead of ham. As long as the ham is originally 17.5% protein, it doesn't matter how much water is added apparently.

It's hard to beat a nice ham float.
 
2014-02-25 01:24:30 PM
I notice there's no mention of how much food is wasted in Africa.
 
2014-02-25 01:24:56 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Really? This 'article' couldn't possibly be politically motivated. To make Americans feel bad about themselves. No .. no .. that's not possible. Who would do such a thing? No .. no .. this article must have been so rigorously  vetted and edited and passed through five editors with fact checking and research and multiple independent sources and all of the very best investigative journalism that can be brought to bear.

Hahaha

yeah, right


We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt.
 
2014-02-25 01:26:10 PM

ChuckRoddy: Easily one third of what I grow in my garden gets wasted.Fresh food is hard to keep, hard to keep from disease, and hard to consume when a few plants decide they needs to produce more fruit than a Duggar.


www.forgetthebox.net

To quote Groucho Marx, "Eat what you can and what you can't, can."
 . . . or perhaps pickle, or otherwise preserve?


Anyway, congrats on your successful garden!  I'm jealous.
 
2014-02-25 01:27:39 PM
Agreed, subby. Suck it, Africa. When you all decide to stop being violent, ignorant, dark-age savages and join the rest of the world* in the 21st century maybe you won't have so many problems.

*most Muslim sand countries excluded.
 
2014-02-25 01:28:37 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: I eat "ham and water product" now instead of ham.


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2014-02-25 01:28:56 PM
You think?
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2014-02-25 01:32:04 PM
I bet I waste less than 1% of my food. I have what I call foodwastaphobia and it has nothing to do with cost.

I seriously sometimes think I have a neurosis
 
2014-02-25 01:36:56 PM

ChuckRoddy: Easily one third of what I grow in my garden gets wasted.Fresh food is hard to keep, hard to keep from disease, and hard to consume when you a few plants decides they needs to produce more fruit than a Duggar.


Canning and dehydrating is what I do
 
2014-02-25 01:38:11 PM

bdub77: I'll take the blame for some of this, but I can't even tell you how many times I'll bring home strawberries or blueberries and find mold growing in there on somewhere inside the package, the same day I bought them. That sh*t was bad at the store. This is particularly a problem when you're buying them from Chile or Mexico ion wintertime. I don't know what it is, transportation, poor storage, just the window of time to market, whatever, but it sure seems to me like some of the supermarket food is not lasting very long.

All depends on the goods though. Apples keep practically forever, so do onions and garlic. Fresh greens go bad very fast, often they are already starting to look suspect when I buy them.

Also frankly speaking, it's really hard to find time to plan prepare and cook different meals in today's world. We end up eating a lot of spaghettis and frozen foods.

While I'm on the subject, grocery stores need to figure out how to keep their bread warm.


Bread (and rolls, pastry, etc): place on plate in microwave with tiny cup with an ounce of water in it on the side. 20 seconds.

YMMV
 
2014-02-25 01:39:25 PM

DogSlaughter: I bet I waste less than 1% of my food. I have what I call foodwastaphobia and it has nothing to do with cost.

I seriously sometimes think I have a neurosis


I worked in restaurants. I hate throwing out food but I'm not so frugal as to run up thousands of dollars in medical bills trying to eat fifty cents worth of questionable foodstuffs.

Another household member is the exact opposite. She takes food out of the garbage can ala George Costanza. I've taken to throwing things in the big garbage can outside because she fishes stuff out a second time if I put them in the kitchen garbage can. She feeds that crap to other people. Absolutely terrifying to think she's more worried about 25 cents of rotten food then she is about the health and safety of others.

Somewhere in between the two poles there is a happy middle ground. I'm not moving too much from where I am, though. Safe than sorry.

/the strangest thing is I ferment foods and have no problem eating them. it's probably going to kill me someday or at least make me very ill. I just put up two jars of moroccan preserved lemons. I'm having second thoughts and probably will end up throwing them out due to my casual kitchen procedures.
 
2014-02-25 01:39:27 PM
Well 1/3 of the ingredients in our food can only marginally be considered "food," so maybe it evens out?
 
2014-02-25 01:39:27 PM

Superjew: I notice there's no mention of how much food is wasted in Africa.


Since the article is about a report titled "The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States," why would there be?
 
2014-02-25 01:40:48 PM

bdub77: I'll take the blame for some of this, but I can't even tell you how many times I'll bring home strawberries or blueberries and find mold growing in there on somewhere inside the package, the same day I bought them. That sh*t was bad at the store. This is particularly a problem when you're buying them from Chile or Mexico ion wintertime. I don't know what it is, transportation, poor storage, just the window of time to market, whatever, but it sure seems to me like some of the supermarket food is not lasting very long.

All depends on the goods though. Apples keep practically forever, so do onions and garlic. Fresh greens go bad very fast, often they are already starting to look suspect when I buy them.

Also frankly speaking, it's really hard to find time to plan prepare and cook different meals in today's world. We end up eating a lot of spaghettis and frozen foods.

While I'm on the subject, grocery stores need to figure out how to keep their bread warm.


Weird.  My blueberries and blackberries never get mold.  I don't buy huge amounts, I eat them in a few days and keep them in the 'fridge.  And yeah, they usually do come from Mexico or Chile.

Maybe your grocery store sucks and can't handle supply chain management.

I throw away very little food.  I'll even eat the skin on baked potatoes.  Hey, that's nutritious and I paid for it.
 
2014-02-25 01:40:53 PM
Hey America...if you stopped wasting food you wouldn't need food stamps...
 
2014-02-25 01:41:28 PM
The report provides estimates of waste for different foods, including the top food groups wasted. No. 1 in 2010, the sample year, was the group including meat, poultry and fish. The report said 30 percent, or $48 billion, was wasted.

Quite a lot of those are delivered to consumers bone-in, and the bone weight is counted. What percentage of meat, poultry, and fish is bone by weight?
 
2014-02-25 01:42:00 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Really? This 'article' couldn't possibly be politically motivated. To make Americans feel bad about themselves. No .. no .. that's not possible. Who would do such a thing? No .. no .. this article must have been so rigorously  vetted and edited and passed through five editors with fact checking and research and multiple independent sources and all of the very best investigative journalism that can be brought to bear.

Hahaha

yeah, right


Feel bad about yourself? What are you 6?
 
2014-02-25 01:42:32 PM
Well, if you serve me food that's not free range, no carb, gluten free, locally sourced and vegan, then I'm throwing that shiat out!
 
2014-02-25 01:43:00 PM
Before kids we were pretty good about not wasting much.  Sure there was garden stuff that would go bad but we composted that and used on our garden the next year.  Kids though....one day they'll eat as much as we do, the next they'll barely pick at the food.  We try and save it most of the time but depending on what it is and if the kids have some sort of disease (they're in daycare, pretty much always have something) it may end up in the trash or garbage disposal.
 
2014-02-25 01:43:09 PM

ferretman: You think?
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farkin' A! That looks awesome.
 
2014-02-25 01:46:24 PM
I waste very little of the food I purchase. I also find it hard to believe that those numbers are all post consumer waste. Other reports I've read state that most food waste is generated before it ever reaches the end user.

Honestly, I don't care much about food waste, it's the easiest to biodegrade. If I'm going to get concerned over something it will be the amount of plastics and other recyclables we're dumping in our landfills every day.
 
2014-02-25 01:46:24 PM

Pinner: Well, if you serve me food that's not free range, no carb, gluten free, locally sourced and vegan, then I'm throwing that shiat out!


Indeed.  In fact, I think major restaurant chains like McDonalds should commit to using only free-range potatoes in their fries and gluten-free beef in their burgers -- to set a good example.
 
2014-02-25 01:47:07 PM
i ate a chicken enchillada melt from (unnamed eatery to prevent unintended corporate endorsement) for lunch today and 1/3 of it ended up on my shirt, floor, and chair.

It was the bomb.  I gues winners eat fresh there or something, but I don't feel like a winner now.
 
2014-02-25 01:50:22 PM
DROxINxTHExWIND:
Feel bad about yourself? What are you 6?

Trying to make him feel worse? Jerk.
 
2014-02-25 01:51:43 PM

ReapTheChaos: I waste very little of the food I purchase. I also find it hard to believe that those numbers are all post consumer waste. Other reports I've read state that most food waste is generated before it ever reaches the end user.

Honestly, I don't care much about food waste, it's the easiest to biodegrade. If I'm going to get concerned over something it will be the amount of plastics and other recyclables we're dumping in our landfills every day.



I don't know what grocery store you go to, but they don't just dump raw food into your hand at the one that I go to.
 
2014-02-25 01:53:56 PM

Fano: Africans waste around 50-60%


I wonder if there have been proper studies.

I've seen figures of c. 50% for India in the past.
 
2014-02-25 01:59:25 PM
Having chickens has really helped my family with this. All kinds of stuff that sat in the refrigerator a little too long or got a little stale gets converted into fresh eggs instead of going in the garbage.
 
2014-02-25 01:59:54 PM

2KanZam: ChuckRoddy: Easily one third of what I grow in my garden gets wasted.Fresh food is hard to keep, hard to keep from disease, and hard to consume when you a few plants decides they needs to produce more fruit than a Duggar.

Canning and dehydrating is what I do


Freezing also works, for most garden variety fruits and veggies.
 
2014-02-25 02:00:26 PM
Considering the obesity in this country, I'd estimate the real amount is over half. A good portion of the waste is flushed through peoples' bodies and down the collective drain.

When you consider how few actually contribute to society, the percentage might be as high as 3/4. Depends on how you define "waste".
 
2014-02-25 02:01:39 PM
I remember watching a thing on the Science channel about Las Vegas's food waste. Instead of simply throwing it away, it's taken to hog farms and in turn those hogs are eaten in Las Vegas.
It's a beautiful circle of life.
 
2014-02-25 02:02:31 PM
Wasting food is bad, but please at least compost it so the nutrients get saved and don't go to the landfill.  I'm thinking about getting a Bokashi compost bucket so I can recycle all the scrap in my kitchen and have 0 food waste.  More compost for the garden too.
 
2014-02-25 02:03:33 PM

The Bruce Dickinson: Hey America...if you stopped wasting food you wouldn't need food stamps...


People on welfare don't eat real food anyway.  It's all processed crap and junk.  You know, the expensive shiat.
 
2014-02-25 02:03:50 PM
Unfortunately my "diet plan" is basically "don't eat everything on the plate" so by default I waste food.

It's also hard to shop for a single person, and no matter if I buy 2 or 14 bananas, at least one goes bad.  I'm not sure if I've ever finished a loaf of bread.
 
2014-02-25 02:04:28 PM

ferretman: You think?
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That 2nd pic of the dude eating icecream... yeah, that's Tony's.  If you are ever in Birch Run, Michigan, stop in.  Nothing beats a BLT with 1lb of bacon on it!

/Only live 10min from that place
//Food is darn good!
///Ouch heart... why did you stutter again?
 
2014-02-25 02:04:33 PM

HAMMERTOE: Considering the obesity in this country, I'd estimate the real amount is over half. A good portion of the waste is flushed through peoples' bodies and down the collective drain.

When you consider how few actually contribute to society, the percentage might be as high as 3/4. Depends on how you define "waste".


The most productive people are just hastening the heat death of the universe.

Being lazy and useless is my way of minimizing entropy.

YOU'RE WELCOME.
 
2014-02-25 02:08:05 PM
Smaller portions. Food is wasted when there is too much to eat in one sitting.
 
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