by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:
– If ‘Bread Line Bernie’ Has His Way, Venezuelan-Style Food Lines May Be Coming To America
In this very interesting February 22nd story over at WTOP radio in Washington DC, they report that the founder of an organic grocery store chain in the DC area, Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania called ‘MOM’s‘ (My Organic Market) had just conducted an experimentthat interests us and should interest ANP readers with many ANP readers ‘preppers‘: MOM’s founder Scott Nash and his family lived for a year eating nothing but food that was well past its expiration date.
And the WTOP story holds a great message to us all in an America in which 30% to 40% of our food is thrown away regularly, leading to Americans discarding over $165 billion in food every year. With Nash and his family eating yogurt 180 days past its ‘best by‘ date, hamburger meat 15 days past its ‘eat by‘ date, roasted tomatoes 7 months past the ‘sell date‘ and tortillas nearly a full year past the ‘best buy‘ date, he also reports in his own blog that none of his family got sickened by eating the expired food while adding that expiration dates on food are random and not representative of freshness or threat, and they contribute to Americans wasting billions of dollars of perfectly good food every year.
And with the state of California now putting forth a ‘kill it, grill it‘ bill that would allow Californians to eat road kill showing the direction that California and America are going, Nash’s blog also points out why throwing away perfectly good, edible and healthy food due to the expiration date on the package or container also causes a chain reaction of loss and waste.
Everyone can agree that food waste is bad. How bad? Decide for yourself. There is a lot of information online. This report from the NRDC is the most comprehensive I could find. It sums up the serious environmental consequences of wasted food: “When food is wasted, all of the resources used to produce, store, transport, and handle that food—including arable land, labor, energy, water, chemicals, and oil—are also wasted.”
(ANP: We have embedded the NRDC report in full via scribd at the very bottom of this story.)
And while certainly not all ‘expired‘ food is still safe to eat and this WTOP story recommends everybody perform their own tests to make sure it’s still edible, their story reports that in most cases, we’ll be able to tell using our own senses.
The Food and Drug Administration, which agrees expiration dates lead to unnecessary food waste, does say any food that is obviously spoiled — abnormally soft, discolored, moldy or has a strong unpleasant smell — should be discarded, no matter how properly or how short a time it has been stored.
People do get ill from eating food that has gone bad, but your best judge is appearance, texture and smell, and in most cases, you’ll know.
Andrea Goergen, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, agrees.
“It is very important to make sure that you use your senses. If a product is technically good but looks, smells or tastes spoiled, err on the side of caution and throw it out or compost it,” she said.
Nash used common sense, a nose and his eyes and ate things, just based on their age, that most wouldn’t even consider.
Americans throwing away $165 billion in food every year aggravates the fact that many of America’s farmers are now in big financial trouble according to John Newton, the chief economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation, who recently warned “the farm economy’s in pretty tough shape” largely due to regulated prices, tariffs and the inability to export certain foods. The excerpt below comes to us from this recent story by Mac Slavo over at SHTFPlan titled “The US Faces A Catastrophic Food Supply Crisis In America As Farmers Struggle“.
American farmers are battling several issues when it comes to producing our food. They are officially in crisis mode, just like the United States’ food supply.
“The farm economy’s in pretty tough shape,” said John Newton, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. “When you look out on the horizon of things to come, you start to see some cracks.”
Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under president Donald Trump’s policies, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring. And with slightly higher interest rates, many don’t see borrowing more money as an option
. “A lot of farmers are going to give the president the benefit of the doubt, and have to date. But the longer the trade war goes on, the more that dynamic changes,” said Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, according to Politico.
Warning within his story of the potential of a catastrophic food crisis in America, it has long been warned that the only real difference between ‘civilization‘ and ‘total anarchy‘ is 9 meals. And if people know that a food crisis has arrived and no more food will be delivered to the stores, that 9 meals quickly shrinks down to 1; the next one.