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By keeping perfectly good food out of the dump, we could help solve Hunger and Climate Change.
For this assignment, I followed Ms. Vang in Fresno. We visited 3 grocery stores and she was able to save over 800 pounds of food in one morning!
All of the perfectly good food that included fruits, vegetables, steak, eggs, fish, and bread was going to be thrown away. I just couldn’t believe it.
At one of the groceries we visited, the staff was pushing over a dozen boxes of rotten avocados to the trash bin. My heart sank, we came too late.
Wasted food = wasted energy, money, man-hour, resources, transportation, water, etc.
Because Ms. Vang doesn't have a facility to store the food she rescued, the food was quickly transferred to Centro La Familia, a neighborhood center, and they sorted and distributed the food to families that need them that same day.
While doing research for this assignment, I came across these staggering statistics.
* 40% of food produced in the United States is wasted
* 1 out of 5 children in the US doesn’t have enough to eat
* $1 trillion worth of food is wasted annually
* The average American family spends $1500 a year on wasted food
* 1 billion pounds of food is wasted every year.
* In the US over 90% of food scraps end up in Landfill
* Food waste, when it rots in a landfill, produces methane gas, which quickly heats the planet.
* Methane is 23x more powerful than CO2 (formed when food scraps decompose without oxygen)
* 60% of consumers throw away food prematurely because they don’t understand what the dates are telling them
* Infant formula is the only food to have an expiration date regulated by the federal government
* A Good Samaritan Act, anyone who wants to donate food can do so free of getting sued
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