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Can the EU Reduce Food Waste By Dumping “Best Before” Labels?

"Best By" food expiration date label

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Confusion over food expiration date labels is leading to mountains of food being thrown out before it’s gone bad. A proposed change to the EU’s “best before” label could save 15 million tons of food per year from being wasted. Will the U.S. be next?

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The US and UK Take on Food Waste

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In light of the new U.S. Food Waste Challenge announced this week by the USDA, we’re taking a look at proactive stance the United Kingdom has taken against the same problem across the pond.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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