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Obesity and food waste — Is Italy becoming like the U.S.?

Italy approved a new law to fight food waste by providing economic incentives to companies who want to donate food. However, recent statistics are pointing out how the Italians' "love for good food" is waning, and bad dietary habits are on the rise.

Op-Ed: 'Produce with personality' catching on across the world

Instead of calling that misshapen looking potato or melon ugly, retailers are now using the expression "cosmetically challenged," or "produce with personality," as one food chain is doing in a pilot program started in the Pittsburgh region.

Shop sells 'expired' food to save people and the environment

As consumers, we have great expectations when purchasing groceries. The packaging must be perfect, no dents in our cans of green beans, and the "sell by" date on our milk has to have at least two weeks left. But we are throwing out good food.

From field to fork, more than half our potatoes are wasted

Zurich - Food waste has become a hot topic, and the amount of food that finds its way into garbage bins is almost unbelievable. But what food item ends up in the waste bin more often than other foods? You will be surprised to learn it is the potato.

World leaders dine on food waste at the United Nations

World leaders attending a luncheon at the United Nations on Sunday had a surprise on their plates. The entire meal was made from food that would have ended up in garbage bins.

Food product dating: When do we know a food has gone bad?

With all the talk about food waste and food safety today, many consumers are now beginning to question the meaning of many of the dates being used on food products. Sometimes, those dates are confusing, and it helps to know what they really mean.

Food product dating: When do we know a food has gone bad?

With all the talk about food waste and food safety today, many consumers are now beginning to question the meaning of many of the dates being used on food products. Sometimes, those dates are confusing, and it helps to know what they really mean.

Global food waste has become an enormous problem

At its semi-annual summit in Istanbul, Turkey, agricultural ministers from the group of 20 leading countries issued a communique describing the great amount of food loss and food waste globally and how this has created an enormous economic problem.

EU group says 'best before' dates add to food waste

A discussion paper by a group of European Union countries argues that "best before" dates on food contribute to the mountain of food the EU throws away every year.

German retailers selling flawed vegetables at lower price

Under the brand "nobody is perfect", certain European retailers are now starting to sell "ugly" fruit and vegetables, that would normally be thrown away or used as animal feed. The produce is sold at a lower price, but the taste is exactly the same.

A third of the world's food goes to waste, U.N. says

A U.N. report published on Wednesday says a whole third of the world's food goes to waste, making it the third major source of greenhouse gas emission behind those of U.S. and China.

Up to half our food ends up in the trash, says new British study

Buy one get one free, often means buy one and bin the other one reports a new British study on food waste from the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers titled Global Food, Waste Not Want Not.

Food waste problem addressed in Brussels

Brussels - The FUSIONS program aims to reduce the approximately 89 million tons of food wasted every year in the European Union by 50 percent.

Scientists create new method to keep bread mould-free for 60 days

Lubbock - A technique developed by a research company linked to Texas Tech University can prolong the shelf-life of bread for up to two months. The new technology could become the most significant bread-related development since the invention of the bread-slicer.

Environment group says Americans throw away nearly half of food

New York - Americans are wasteful when it comes to food, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental group. It released a report that highlights the high level of food that goes into the trash.

Saudi restaurant fines diners who do not finish their food

Dammam - The restaurant is charging customers who fail to eat everything on their plates, claiming that wasting food is contrary to the principles of Islam. Not everyone sees it that way.

Nearly one-third of the bread bought in UK is thrown away

British households throw away tons of food every year, but the item that most often ends up in the trash is bread. This staple is thrown away so often that 32 percent of all the bread bought by UK families ends up being discarded.

European week of waste reduction: Nov 19-27

London - A range of free cooking classes and demonstrations have set the tone across London in attempts to educate about the significance of reducing food waste. The events, which run until Nov. 27, are part of a Europe wide program.

Biodiesel to be produced from waste food

A British company based in North East Lincolnshire has announced plans to make use of the oil and fat contained in several food products.

NYC Restaurant Adds Surcharge For Uneaten Food

On Manhattan's West Side is a restaurant called Hayashi Ya, where for $26.95 you can eat all you want and the price includes Saki or soda. Should you fail to eat all of the food you've gotten, there will be a surcharge of 30 percent added onto your bill.
 

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Dumpsters outside a produce company. Notice the number of boxes of discarded fruits and vegetables.
Dumpsters outside a produce company. Notice the number of boxes of discarded fruits and vegetables.
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Globally  the amount of food wasted annually could feed 800 million people.
Globally, the amount of food wasted annually could feed 800 million people.
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Roughly 40 percent of food produced in America never makes it to the table. It either rots in the fi...
Roughly 40 percent of food produced in America never makes it to the table. It either rots in the field, is trashed at the supermarket, or thrown out at home.
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As Greece's third bailout plan begins  the queues at soup kitchens have grown longer. Many visi...
As Greece's third bailout plan begins, the queues at soup kitchens have grown longer. Many visitors are elderly, but increasingly, mothers are among those in line
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Grocery stores throw out an enormous amount of food  and it is perfectly good.
Grocery stores throw out an enormous amount of food, and it is perfectly good.
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Feedback s reach into Brighton  UK is shown by the amount of food served from produce that would hav...
Feedback's reach into Brighton, UK is shown by the amount of food served from produce that would have otherwise been thrown out.
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The East Coast chain just kicked off its ‘Produce with Personality’ pilot  which will make ugly ...
The East Coast chain just kicked off its ‘Produce with Personality’ pilot, which will make ugly fruits and vegetables available at prices 20-25 percent below their standard produce.
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In the UK and America  30 to 40 percent of the food we buy gets thrown in the trash.
In the UK and America, 30 to 40 percent of the food we buy gets thrown in the trash.
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Baked potato with melted cheese and chopped green onions.
Baked potato with melted cheese and chopped green onions.
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Under certain conditions  bread can go mouldy in just a few days. Ten seconds of sterilization can k...
Under certain conditions, bread can go mouldy in just a few days. Ten seconds of sterilization can kill the mould spores and prolong shelf-life of bread as long as 60 days.
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