Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How do artificial sell-by dates and subsidized cheap food alter food waste?

"The world's food systems are in crisis. Droughts and flooding have compromised crop production across the globe and over one billion people are hungry. But here in America, our overstocked supermarket shelves continue to propagate the illusion of plenty and, in the past decade, our rate of food waste has more than doubled."

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/aug/10/hunger-food-waste-farming

Last year Quest rescued just over $5 million worth of food in the lower mainland that would have otherwise gone to waste. This was all done by a staff of 24, 3 trucks, and a dedicated group of volunteers. With a population of 2 million people in Metro Vancouver, it's fair to assume we are only scratching the surface of recoverable food.

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