Does anyone know of studies that show how much food supermarkets throw out every day/month/year?
I'm interested in figuring out how much food gets thrown out due to people not buying it.
It would present a much clearer picture from a whole new perspective of how wasteful America's food and grocery industry really is.
What I know already is why they waste food like that... if they didn't, food prices would be MUCH cheaper.
Most of the stuff they toss is very edible. That's the saddest shit of all.
A local charity collects food donated by supermarkets, considered 'surplus' because it's not selling fast enough, or too close to its sell-by date. Google 'second harvest' and your location to find one in your area.
and was told if anyone got sick, the store would be liable.
This was talked about earlier this year...
They usually post a PDF file with all the info each year. Been a while since I checked the stats but the last time I check it was like 40% of our food is thrown away. While we have 1 in every three children malnourished due to food insecurity. The logic to this just escapes me, 40% just thrown away while children starve - for what reason to 'protect' our monetary systems? * shakes head.
I have a friend whose son is a Loss Prevention Executive for a grocery store (southern region store moving northward). One of his stores threw out about 100 dozen ears of corn. A young man, a stocker, after work went out to the dumpster where the corn was. The stocker took 2 dozen corn out of the dumpster and put it in his car.
The young man was fired for theft. I asked the exec, why if the corn was still edible, it wasn't it donated to the food pantry. The answer was "we don't do that." I then asked, why the young man, couldn't be written up, suspended, and not fired. Answer was, "we don't do that.
I was in the grocery store on Sunday, you know, September 30th and went to get my normal gallon of milk, and they were selling a gallon with an expiration date of, wait for it - Oct. 01.
Thankfully I caught that before I bought it. I had to get 2% instead of the 1% I usually get. Want to guess which store I was in?