Food Leftovers Problems in Cities

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    May 17, 2014 5:58 PM GMT
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    NYT: Food waste has become a hot-button issue, and restaurants, grocery chains, food processing companies, municipalities and the federal government are adopting strategies for reducing it. Americans threw away more than 36 million tons of food in 2012, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That is about $165 billion worth of food annually, the Natural Resources Defense Council estimated in a report that year.

    Even 15 percent of the food being discarded would be enough to feed 25 million people at a time when one in every six Americans does not always have enough to eat, the group said.

    Most food waste in developed countries like the United States occurs at the consumption, rather than the production, stage, according to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which put the amount of edible food waste globally at 1.3 trillion tons.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/business/cities-and-companies-tackle-the-food-waste-problem.html?hp
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    May 17, 2014 6:07 PM GMT
    This is a hot topic in the UK too. One suggestion the government is considering is charging restaurant diners £3 in addition to their meal price if they leave food on their plate.
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    May 17, 2014 6:25 PM GMT
    I was invited for a dinner party yesterday at a star hotel and I spent my time there until almost the hotel was about to close.

    Anyways, when we were done with our dinner, I've seen the hotel staff taking out the buffet items and cleaning them for next day.

    The amount of food that they're about to discard astonished me! It's a huge disappointment to see all of it ending up in dumpster. Perfectly good edible food that can feed at least 30-50 people is being wasted everyday! And that's just one hotel.

    "Why can't you guys donate to some orphanage instead of wasting it?" I asked this to a friend of mine who works in a hotel HR department.
    "It's too risky! What if food spoils by the time it reaches their plate!" Was his answer.
    Yeah! Some items are risky... But some have longer shelf life!

    Something is wrong... May be it's the hotel management!?
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    May 17, 2014 6:36 PM GMT
    only eat what you need.
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    May 17, 2014 9:28 PM GMT
    Danny_boy93 saidThis is a hot topic in the UK too. One suggestion the government is considering is charging restaurant diners £3 in addition to their meal price if they leave food on their plate.
    That's a stupid idea haha as when you buy it in the first place its yours to do as you wish with. The main waste is due to people using packet meals instead of cooking portions they want and need only.
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    May 17, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    Some of the statistics on food waste are astonishing.

    Just another example of the strange paradox in western societies of huge overproduction, and then all the waste and inefficiency afterwards.
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    May 17, 2014 10:21 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidSome of the statistics on food waste are astonishing.

    Just another example of the strange paradox in western societies of huge overproduction, and then all the waste and inefficiency afterwards.
    Isnt it basically because the big supermarkets tell the farmers what to do ?? and the fact there is no government regulation on price ??
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    May 18, 2014 4:44 AM GMT
    It's really hard for me to fathom. I can't remember the last time I didn't eat all of my food at a restaurant! For the amount of money it costs to eat out, you can be damn sure I'm eating every bite, or at least taking it home with me...
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    May 18, 2014 4:57 AM GMT
    Distribution's the problem.

    Also, there's this:

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    May 18, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    Dennis89 said
    Danny_boy93 saidThis is a hot topic in the UK too. One suggestion the government is considering is charging restaurant diners £3 in addition to their meal price if they leave food on their plate.
    That's a stupid idea haha as when you buy it in the first place its yours to do as you wish with. The main waste is due to people using packet meals instead of cooking portions they want and need only.


    I have to agree with Dennis and several reasons: 1) You can't force people to finish their plate, especially when the meal is made poorly (lack of taste, undercooked, etc.) 2) People will find a way to avoid the fee. All they need to do is ask for a to go box and when they leave, they'll find the closest trash can.