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Take a look at these bananas, apples and potatoes. Which would you eat and which would you throw away?
Would you believe that you can eat each one?
Yes, the banana is brown, the apple has a bruise and the potato is shaped differently than you would normally see, but all of these items can be eaten and not thrown out. By not throwing out these items you will help reduce food waste in our country.
In our country we throw away nearly 1,500 pounds of food for every American facing hunger, when much of it could be rescued. And what's just as frustrating as the fact that we throw out so much food, is why we throw out so much food.
Vague expiration dates, higher expectations for grocers, inefficient laws, and wastefulness all contribute to our food getting thrown away. In fact, imperfections as minor as a cauliflower being too large, or an onion not being round enough are enough to get food thrown into landfills.
Food loss occurs at every stage of the food production and distribution system. Excluding consumer waste at home, 52 billion pounds of food from manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants end up in landfills. An additional 20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are discarded on farms or left in fields and plowed under.
And this does not help the 1 in 7 people in Harvesters’ 26-county service area who are food insecure and don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
You might have to cut out a bruise, but the rest of the apple is still great. If your banana is brown, it’s actually a very ripe banana and the riper the banana, the creamier and sweeter it tastes. Store these bananas in the freezer in a baggie to use in a smoothie, shake or make a banana bread. And that potato is just as good as any other potato!
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