Don’t Celebrate U.S. Consumers: Today Is World Food Day!

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 19:02 PM
October 16, 2013

Download-the-Ending-Hunger-Anthem-for-the-G8-Enough-Food-for-Everyone-IF-One-Voice_web    Today a few knowledgeable people attempt to celebrate World Food Day, but sadness prevails among them.  Some in richer nations continue to exorbitantly waste food, while others in poorer situations constantly battle starvation.

Eager advocates still hope to establish what they refer to as global food security.  As Nicholas Nelson, North American Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization explains: “To live in a world free of hunger, we must create food systems that ensure a plentiful supply of nutritious food with minimal impact on our environment.

“Our food systems must consider sustainability in every step of the supply chain: from production to processing, transportation to retail, and consumption to post-consumption waste.”  But economic interests interfere with such idealism.

In ‘Masses of Food Wasted––‘Use By’ Dates Mislead,’ Carolyn Lochhead of SFgate.com writes:  “Americans throw away 40 percent of the food they buy, often because of misleading expiration dates that have nothing to do with safety.”

Her findings are based on a study by Harvard University Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  Dana Gunders of the NRDC claims:  “The date labeling system is not a system at all.” It is based entirely on what retailers call “inventory control.”

Ted Labuza, University of Minnesota food science professor, says such control is based on what food ‘makers‘ and ‘sellers‘ believe to be peak quality.  “If food looks rotten and smells bad, throw it away, but just because it reaches a certain date does not mean the food is unsafe.  I don’t know of any food poisoning outbreak that came from people eating food that was past its shelf-life date.”

Thus, to preserve profits for such manipulators, almost half of the food in the U.S. is labeled ‘spoiled.’  In ‘About 40 Percent Of All Food In The United States Is Thrown In The Garbage, The Economic Collapse reveals:

“Even though 47 million Americans are on food stamps and millions of children go to bed hungry in this country every single night, we continue to waste approximately 263 million pounds of food every single day of the year.  One day people will look back and regard us as probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet.”  The Seattle times says that such wasted food takes up more space in landfills than any other trash.

“Some $900 million of expired food is dumped from the supply chain annually, much of it a result of confusion. wasting-foodMisinterpreted date labels cause the average American household of four to lose as much as $455 a year on squandered food, according to researchers.”

So congratulations to those in the richest country on earth with enough abundance to throw away half of it to rot, contaminating land fills with massive greenhouse gas methane, emitting double the potency of deadly carbon dioxide.

Such waste is grievous sin in the eyes of God, and may well result in ultimate judgment.  As Bible prophecies quote Him:  “I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools (Isaiah 42: 15).”

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