I have just watched a video about dumpster food and as you will see I am angry.
Whilst the Western world dumps food there are people starving…..what sort of world do we live in and why have we become so greedy and selfish and fucking stupid. I make no excuses for my language. I volunteer for Les Restos du Coeur here in France, and as food is about to go out of date, our local supermarkets send it down to us. We’re not open 24/7 so I am sure some gets dumped, but at least there has been some thought about what they do with food.
This is an old Guardian article
The humble sell-by date actually has a surprisingly short history. It was introduced in Marks & Spencer’s storerooms in the 1950s before making its way on to the shelves in 1970. It wasn’t even actually called a “sell-by-date” until 1973. Marks is so proud of its innovation that Twiggy trumpets it in their latest ad campaign.
One can surmise that before that we had the intelligence to make our own decisions of whether food was edible by using our sense of smell and our brains. We have been continually dumbed down by successive laws and now we don’t use our brains at all. This awful waste and greed and selfishness makes me so angry. The problem is, I am in a minority who know and believe that we are very capable of making decisions about the freshness and edibility of food. The generation not far behind me are so used to being told you can’t eat this now, it’s past it’s BBD (Best Before Date) or EBD (Eat by Date) that they don’t realise that have a choice. No one has really bothered to say, “WHY?” What’s more, tinned foods! Jarred foods! These have been how people have PRESERVED/CONSERVED their foods for centuries. The very process of tinning, canning etc is to conserve. Jars, and tins can last for years in the right conditions. I bought a tin of Mais (sweetcorn) the other day. The date on the bottom is 31/08/17 – that’s just over 3 years and I can assure you, it would still be perfectly edible and acceptable another couple of years on. I implore you to ignore dates on tins and jars and just use your brain.
Most people know in their heart of hearts that sell-by-dates are little more than a supermarket invention to encourage shoppers to buy more and best-before dates are generally a shield against lawsuits from the kind of people who need “warning: contents hot” labels on their takeaway coffee. But there’s something about those digits that can make even the most fearless foodie paranoid – “If I eat that past its sell-by-date yoghurt, killer bacteria is going to sweep through my guts like a pathogenic panzer division.”
This is absolute bollocks. Yoghurt is full of bloody bacteria anyway……some of the latest one full of “good” bacteria…..and what do bacteria do? They MULTIPLY. So, your past it’s date yoghurt is gradually getting more and more “good for you” bacteria. Win win.
In this later BBC item says that The UK throws away about £12bn of edible food each year and critics say confusing packaging is partly to blame. £12,000,000,000,000
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says five million tonnes of edible food is discarded by UK households annually – the equivalent of £680 for a household with children.Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said confusion over food labelling was responsible for an estimated £750m of the £12bn edible-food wastage each year.
What makes me sad now is, there are now several generations of children, young adults who’ve never seen their parents making decisions about food based on look and sense of smell, all they’ve seen is good food being thrown in the bin. We seem to have become immune to the faces and emaciated bodies of those children in Africa (in my childhood it was Biafra).
An estimated 146 million children in developing countries are underweight – the result of acute or chronic hunger (Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2009). All too often, child hunger is inherited: up to 17 million children are born underweight annually, the result of inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy.
I wonder whether the tide is about the change. We are now becoming very familiar with food banks. Our very own people are hungrier now than they have been for many years. Perhaps it’s time to either eat the food you have, and when you’re about to ditch something, think about donating it to a local food bank.
I think I am done for now…..this current rant is over.
It’s a lovely sunny day here, my side of the gate. I can see sun the other side too, I might even venture out into the Asylum later.