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World wasted 20% of food produced in 2022: U.N. report

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On average, each person discarded 79 kilograms of food annually

79 kilograms!! Shocking waste.

But so many people seem unable to manage a household or kitchen or fridge or know anything much about food. The yogurt makers are happy enough if you throw out their product just after the use-by date but there is absolutely no need to since yogurt is a method of preservation. Hell, even canned beer and vinegar have expiry dates.

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Supermarkets regularly dispose of unsold food, straight into the trash…

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Most of our food waste is just vegetable peels. We have a large fridge and freezer.

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Japan alone wastes and discards around 6-8 million tons of food annually.

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Of the 1.05 billion tons of food waste, around 60 percent came from households, while the food service and retail sectors were responsible for about 28 percent and 12 percent, respectively, according to the U.N. Environment Program's Food Waste Index Report.

I wonder. Considering many supermarkets won't even take misshapen fruits and vegetables from producers, I'm sure that accounts for a lot more wastage than the occasional mouldy potato found in a dark corner someplace. I'll take the UN's word for it, though.

At home, Sunday is clear-out night. We take anything perishable or nearing its use by date that's left from the week and cook or serve it all up. Makes for some interesting meals.

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"Nineteen million tons. That's how much food Japan throws away every year, according to the Ministry of the Environment. As if that weren't bad enough, up to 9 million tons of this food is disposed of before its expiration date."

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We never did get the final numbers on the food waste at the Tokyo Olympics. I'm sure we won't see those numbers for Paris or Osaka either. Japan is facing increasing poverty amongst children so they really need to address this issue and ramp up food banks, children cafeterias as stop gap measures and address structural reforms. Kishida was recently touting OECD, but according to the OECD, among developed countries Japan has between 13% to 16% child poverty. According to UNICEF, Japan ranks 32nd among 41 developed countries. So much for the LDPs child support policies to counter the decreasing population. Child welfare minister Kato didn't say anything about this in the recent passing of the child welfare bill at the Diet.

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Now, I'm not as perfect as wallace, but I do have very little waste. I eat everything I buy and avoid trimming, peeling, and other food preparation as much as possible. Then I recycle the containers the food come in.

What disgusts me is that supermarkets throw their stuff in trash bins and won't allow homeless or poor people to pick through it. Restaurants do this, too, often locking dumpsters so people can't eat their stuff. PO's me off.

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Did they count it? I say it's only 19.34567% , which is a similar crazy and lied value because I also cannot count or estimate the amount of wasted food. lol

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up to 9 million tons of this food is disposed of before its expiration date."

That magical date when food suddenly turns itself into poison causing instant death to anyone as much as opening the packet.

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"Sell-By Date: Refers to the last day a retailer can display a product for sale; typically a food is safe to eat for 10 days after the Sell-by Date if refrigerated properly. Use-By Date: Refers to the last day a product will maintain its optimum freshness, flavor, and texture."

"After the eggs reach home, they may be refrigerated 3 to 5 weeks from the date they are placed in the refrigerator. The Sell-By date will usually expire during that length of time, but the eggs are perfectly safe to use."

If it's meat or fish open and smell, if the food is off you'll know.

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It's not difficult to have near zero food waste, or at least no more than 5%. Vegetable waste can used for the garden. Don't cook more than you can eat. Don't overbuy food unless it can go into the freezer.

What Is Zero-Waste Cooking, and How Do You Do It?

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/zero-waste-cooking-eating

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I wonder how much was wasted at all those UN conferences.

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Just a guilt story. This is what happens in a well functioning economy. But a more relevant story JT besides this fluff stuff.

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@Gene Hennigh - What disgusts me is that supermarkets throw their stuff in trash bins ...

You can help by joining the 15 minutes to closing waribiki crowd and following the guy slapping the waribiki stickers on the goods. If everybody did that ...

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@wallace - Don't overbuy food unless it can go into the freezer.

But freezers use electricity (not all from green sources) and the freon is a climate damaging gas.

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odoriko@wallace - Don't overbuy food unless it can go into the freezer.

> But freezers use electricity (not all from green sources) and the freon is a climate damaging gas.

It would be very difficult and nearly impossible and probably not safe to live in Japan and not use some type of fridge.

A couple of years back I bought a three-compartment fridge. General fridge. Large vegetable drawer. Freezer drawer. Eco or green model. Use less electricity than the old single fridge it replaced. The vegetables stay fresher in the hot summer months.

Tell me, how do you live without a fridge?

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odoriko

do you have one of those very large American fridges with double doors?

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This is what happens in a well functioning economy.

Surely depends on your meaning of well functioning, no, Fizzbit? It would be interesting to hear a context in which wasting 20% of the food produced is well functioning.

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Food is a precious resource. The journey can be short and sweet. An ethical outlook in thought, word, intention, and action is the need of the hour worldwide. Citizens as privileged pilgrims on the Planet are capable of getting on the front foot and sharing food with fellow pilgrims and their companion species.

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I have been aware for many years how much good food is wasted or just trashed by big super market chains and the like. Personally, being a veggie, I have a fixed diet every day and it has not changed for years, yes, I know it sounds boring but it what I can eat and I can not remember any time I have thrown food away, I eat every thing on the plate.

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