July 14, 2016

SO MUCH WEALTH WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT:

The US Throws Away as Much as Half Its Food Produce (SUZANNE GOLDENBERG, 07.14.16, Wired)

Food waste is often described as a "farm-to-fork" problem. Produce is lost in fields, warehouses, packaging, distribution, supermarkets, restaurants and fridges.

By one government tally, about 60 million tons of produce worth about $160 billion is wasted by retailers and consumers every year--one third of all foodstuffs.

But that is just a "downstream" measure. In more than two dozen interviews, farmers, packers, wholesalers, truckers, food academics and campaigners described the waste that occurs "upstream": scarred vegetables regularly abandoned in the field to save the expense and labour involved in harvest. Or left to rot in a warehouse because of minor blemishes that do not necessarily affect freshness or quality.

When added to the retail waste, it takes the amount of food lost close to half of all produce grown, experts say.



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