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Date Label Confusion

Okay, running back and forth to the market to purchase new items because what’s in the refrigerator has expired in not our idea of rewarding exercise. And it makes us mad that confusing date labels are creating food waste…we don’t like that one bit!

 

According to a joint study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, “91 percent of consumers occasionally throw food away based on the ‘sell by’ date out of a mistaken concern for food safety even though none of the date labels actually indicate food is unsafe to eat.”

 

In one survey by the public health and safety organization NSF International, researchers found that people have trouble understanding and differentiating between common food label terms such as “expiration date,” “best if used by date” and “sell by date.” That confusion leads to billions of dollars of waste, as well as illness, and even more unnecessary contribution to our landfills.

 

When will food labels be made more clear, we ask? What resource do you use when teaching your children about such date labels?

 

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Not Knowing Where Your Food Comes From

In previous “Reviled” posts, we’ve discussed food labels and pink slime, but that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to truly knowing what’s in your food and knowing where your food comes from. Those two things alone are great reasons for us all to do our research.

 

The most imposing question here is, “Do you know where your food comes from?” If the answer is “No”, what can you do about it? Other than moving into the mountains and living off the land, there’s not really a single solution, but there are a number of steps you can take to become better informed.

 

Shop at your local farmers market and get to know the farmers. Also, when you’re shopping for protein, know what’s being fed to the animals–knowing what they’re eating is knowing what you’re eating! Understand food labels. If your third-grader can’t pronounce the ingredients, maybe one should consider an alternative for that particular product. The list of questions can go on and on, so we recommend good old fashioned research.

 

This video from CNN explores whether or not people really want to know where their food comes from (full written story). What are your thoughts on the matter?

 

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