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Food Waste in The United States
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22 / M / 風の山
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Posted 10/14/12
i try not to waste food, but i will from time to time. kinda hard eating all the banana's that mom buys because they are half the price. but they eventually get spoiled and i'd get banana overload.
Posted 10/14/12
I always try to finish what I already have before getting more. I also tend to help myself to small amounts as a time. It just seems wrong when I see people throwing away entire plates of food at buffets and stuff.
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You realize that various govenments (US being a large contributor) and charity groups send food and money to third world and impoverished nations all. the. time. But much of the food/money doesn't make it to the people who need it, because their governments are corrupt and take the supplies. The type of people that b**** about waste in the US (or like governments) are the type of people that will move the US government (and like governments) to become more like those corrupt governments (as if the US government isn't already corrupt enough).
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23 / M / Hawaii "OAHU"
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Well i'm a Pig. Give me food and i'll pretty much eat it all.
I love to eat and i'll eat pretty much everything.
I don't like to waste! Sigh... Food... WHY YOU SOO GOOD!!
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33 / M / California
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Posted 10/14/12
Trying to eat healthy usually means produce, and produce tends to go bad very quickly where I live. Things like berries are especially problematic, as they seem to rot within 24 hours of purchase, in addition to being very expensive. If the distribution chain were faster, then I could eat more fresh foods without the risk of spoilage.

As a result, I tend to eat a lot of non-perishable foods + restaurant foods. It probably isn't as healthy as fresh foods, but at least I'm not throwing away tons of the stuff.
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I eat every thing thats on my plate, I'm a hungry boy after all >:3
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Part of the problem is lawsuits. It is a large part of the problem. I worked for Wal-Mart while in college in the meat department. My assistant manager and myself decided we would try to donate food that we could not sell due to the best by dates on the label. In order to do this, it cost roughly 25k USD in lawyers fees (thank goodness for retainers, a small business could not afford to donate) for the store to set up legal documentation to ensure that the corporation would not be sued by people looking to make a quick buck (or to at least discourage people from attempting to sue). In addition to that, the organizations that we donated to had to sign NDAs about where they got the food from, barring litigation, because there was the fear that people would stop buying the food and go to those facilities to get the food for free (which would have ensured that the store budget would be cut, and less hours for myself and others who depended on the job to survive, and lower bonuses, yes wal-mart gives bonuses to employees).

Yes, it was that much food that was donated. I would estimate, from my time at the store, roughly 3k USD worth of meat per week, not counting vegetables, produce, and other perishable goods that went to organizations that provided food for various groups of people.

Per day, it cost the store 2 man hours (roughly 30 USD) to categorize the food, prep it for shipment, freeze it, and deal with the pick up. That is per department, so a rough estimate for 4 departments comes out to 120 USD per day, or 840 USD each week, or 43680 USD per year, however you prefer to think of it.

The tax credits from donating the food did not cover the cost of the loss and labor to donate it.

I will state that I no longer work for Wal-Mart, nor do I shop there, so don't view this as a pro-Wal-Mart post.

Additionally, the document posted states that we should get away from animals as sources for proteins. Just so the gentlemen on the forums know, soy may disrupt your testosterone production, there are currently numerous debates about it. Biology indicated I should be an omnivore. Numerous enzymes and fatty acids that you need for a healthy body are only taken in by eating meat or taking vitamins to make up the lack (most vegetarians should be taking vitamins, but the majority that I know in person do not).

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Posted 10/14/12
I think it depends on how your raised. I was raised in the south where whatever you put on your plate you eat, and the sauce left on the plate you soak up with bread. Also in the south we usually have a closer relationship with our food. I'm not saying that everyone does but in the blue ridge mountains it isn't uncommon to see deer processing shops run out of people's back yard. If we want eggs we go to the neighbor and in the summer time I catch and clean my own fish. I know it sounds gross but if you actually kill what you eat you gain a greater appreciation for how much you eat. Also parts like the feet, tails, and heads don't got to waste because it's "gross" to eat.

Also and this is a bit of a side note, I feel that people in the united states eat too much protein and not enough grains. I used to be that same way but about six months ago I changed to a diet more rich in veggies and grains and I cut out almost all red meat completely. (I have had red meat twice since then and I have chicken/turkey about once to twice a week. If I'm going to have a protein I stick to fish or beans.) I can honestly say I feel a lot healthier now that I've become more aware of what I eat and I think that if more people realized where their food was coming from their eating habits would change for the better.
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Sometimes I go buy a plate of Chinese food from the buffet, and then i just throw it on the floor in front of homeless people and watch them fight over it.
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25 / M / USA
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Posted 10/14/12
*sigh* You kids and your "I must live in guilt because I'm American" mentality. Ok we send tons of aid to foreign countries. More than most countries combined even. Heck even the mustache twirling millionaires people like to demonize make huge donations to foreign aid. The way I see it is we were prosperous and we reap the benefits. We can't be helping everyone across the world because we don't have the resources to fo it. While it is a nice idea that we should feed everyone in the end the world is a free market and the food goes where the paying customer is. Also before you bitch about waste do you know that most of that waste is put to good use and not wasted? For example the buffets in Vegas sell their food to farmers as slop for animals or it is composted to make fertile soil for more food. I could go on but the food isn't being wasted like you kids think it is.
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