This supermarket sells only wasted food
This supermarket sells only wasted food This grocery store's shelves are lined with 100% wasted food. (The Real Junk Food Project/Flickr)
This supermarket sells only wasted food
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Food waste is a big deal. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, 28 percent of the world's agriculture area is used to produce food. That food ultimately goes to waste each year. A new supermarket is tackling the problem head-on.  It is stocked only with wasted food. That's according to Feargus O'Sullivan writing for CityLab.

The project is an outgrowth of the British non-profit the Real Junk Food Project. That's according to O'Sullivan. The group has long collected wasted food for pay-as-you-can cafÇs. These are located around the world. 

Its supermarket in Pudsey takes the idea one step further. The market takes food. It's donated by local restaurants and grocery stores. It puts it on shelves. It sells it to customers who pay what they can.

Hazel Sheffield reports for The Independent. She said the store is already serving as a lifeline for families who are down on their luck. It's kind of like a food pantry. But it has no restrictions on who gets the food. The concept is not a new one. Sheffield wrote another report. The idea has taken off in Denmark, too. That's due to a government initiative to reduce the country's volume of wasted food.

Last year, the USDA launched its first-ever food waste reduction goal. It aims to reduce the amount of wasted food by 50 percent. It aims to do so by 2030. The agency estimates that cutting just 15 percent of this waste in the United States would provide enough food for more than 25 million Americans per year. 

Hunger isn't the only reason to reduce food waste. As Ben Schiller notes for FastCo, wasted food has a carbon dioxide impact. It is equal to the output of one in four cars on the road worldwide. It also consumes a quarter of the world's freshwater and 300 million barrels of oil each year.

So why do grocery stores toss up to ten percent of all wasted food? The USDA cites dented and damaged packaging. It also cites products that haven't been stored properly and holiday specialties that are never purchased. Overstocked foods and weird-looking, misshapen foods also account for the waste. In some countries it's even illegal for grocery stores to throw out food. Instead, they must donate their wasted goods to charity or to the poor.

Food waste supermarkets aren't the only weapon in the fight against waste. There are activists working to improve the cachet of strange-looking fruits and veggies. 

There are plenty of creative ways to buy and eat food that would otherwise be thrown out. Maybe it's time to bring the food waste supermarket concept to the United States. It's a delicious addition to the many ways not to trash perfectly good meals.

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  • EvanG-sme
    9/11/2019 - 10:02 a.m.

    i did not like the articale because it was not intense fon and funny

  • CheyannaP-sme
    9/12/2019 - 08:37 a.m.

    The supermarket helps people with less money and saves food.

  • graciej-hol
    9/13/2019 - 09:25 a.m.

    The supermarket has no restrictions on who gets food from there so everyone gets food.

  • rylans-eis
    9/17/2019 - 10:21 a.m.

    I think that they help with hunger by using food to give to other people with no money and give them what they have.

  • natalyag-eis
    9/17/2019 - 05:44 p.m.

    It helps with the problem with hunger by offer lower or discounted food priecs. This is the helpful way families can afored food so they don't go hungery.

  • rileyg-eis
    9/18/2019 - 06:00 p.m.

    I think that this supermarket helps with the problem of hunger by not having to pay a bunch of money just to buy food for your family. I personally love this idea.

  • alexd-eis
    9/18/2019 - 06:16 p.m.

    This is a very good program to help out with people who need food and it is a very good way to reduce waste.

  • bref-eis
    9/18/2019 - 09:36 p.m.

    I think the supermarket best helps because it stops human hunger. It also helps the poor be able to survive and pay what they can for food. Not only because of food hunger but because it is bad for the atmosphere. As a result, I think no wast supermarkets would be very helpful in the United States.

  • chrisg-eis
    9/19/2019 - 08:10 a.m.

    We will stop the hurngy

  • juliab-eis
    9/19/2019 - 02:17 p.m.

    This is a good idea because we kept wasting food it would destroy our economy.

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