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Unused food not sold by supermarkets should be donated and/or recycled, not simply thrown away

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Started: 5/1/2018 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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A lot of food that we waste as a country goes unnoticed, but numbers do not lie.


In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retail food stores, restaurants, and homes"valued at approximately $161 billion"went uneaten. (a statistic provided by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist).


In addition, 7.4 percent (9.4 million) of U.S. households had low food security in 2016.
What is low food security? "These food-insecure households obtained enough food to avoid substantially disrupting their eating patterns or reducing food intake by using a variety of coping strategies, such as eating less varied diets, participating in Federal food assistance programs, or getting emergency food from community food pantries (USDA Economic Research Service).
Furthermore, 4.9 percent (6.1 million) of U.S. households had very low food security at some time during 2016.
What is very low food security? "In these food-insecure households, normal eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake was reduced at times during the year because they had insufficient money or other resources for food (USDA Economic Research Service).

If we were to donate the food wasted in supermarkets to provide for these low food security families, we could lower these numbers and provide a system both beneficial to decreasing supermarket waste and increasing food security in the U.S..

1. USDA | OCE | U.S. Food Waste Challenge | FAQ's | Information Sources,

2. "Key Statistics & Graphics." USDA ERS - Key Statistics & Graphics,


The process of actually donating food is easier said than done. The Donation of good that is past it"s exporan date as well as those that are almost expired requires a lot of logistical coordination. It also requires precise and through planning. While the idea sounds simple enough there"s a lot of coordination that stores and restaurants would have to go throughout in order to accomplish this grocery shops would need a lot of recourses and time . Elise Golan, the director for sustainable development at USDA. "The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," she said. "If you"re having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that"s not good for anybody." The process of donating expired or close to expiration date food sounds good on paper but the actual process is demanding and hard to accomplish.

"Why the US May Never Pass a Food Waste Law Like France." Google, Google,

Why Grocery Stores Don't Donate All Of Their Surplus Food to Charity,
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Posted by brookeweston 2 years ago
I guess I didn't get to the round in time, so I will post my round 2 here...

Here are 5 common examples of the hundreds of foods that may be eaten past their expiration date according to the Food Network:

a.Canned goods: The expiry date of canned foods usually indicates three years from when it's been shelved, but you can consume them past the date for up to four more years."
b.Hard Cheeses (parmesan) may be eaten a month past their expiration date.
c.Cereal may be eaten up to six months past the expiration.
d.Eggs: put it in a bowl of water. If it sinks, its good. If it floats, throw it in the compost!
e.Frozen food: In general, freezing foods help prevent them from going bad, so anything may be preserved date.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Corporate donors are protected from liability under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Under this Act, as long as the donor has not acted with negligence or intentional misconduct, the company is not liable for damage incurred as the result of illness. Therefore, as long as the restaurants, grocery stores, etc. are donating with proper conduct, there is no liability to donate uneaten and/or potentially spoiled food.


1. "Reduce Wasted Food By Feeding Hungry People." EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 16 Apr. 2018,

2. "10 Foods You Can Still Eat After the Expiry Date | Food Network Canada.",
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