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. But now, a new supermarket stocked only with wasted food is tackling the problem head-on. 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, reports O'Sullivan. The group has long collected wasted food for pay-as-you-can cafÇs around the world. Its supermarket in Pudsey takes the concept one step further. The market takes food that's donated by local restaurants and grocery stores and puts it on shelves. It sells it to customers who pay what they can.

As Hazel Sheffield reports for The Independent, 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 has no restrictions on who gets the food. And the concept is not a new one. As Sheffield wrote in another report this month, 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, aiming 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. And hunger isn't the only reason to reduce food waste:. As Ben Schiller notes for FastCo, wasted food has a carbon dioxide impact 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, 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, like France, 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. Plus, 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-a delicious addition to the smorgasbord of ways not to trash perfectly good meals.

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How do you think the supermarket best helps with the problem of hunger?
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COMMENTS (39)
  • JaheimJ-bad1
    10/03/2019 - 10:18 a.m.

    The supermarket best helps with the problem of hunger because it’s providing food and drinks for the poor so that thy can become healthy once again, with out a supermarket we would have to grow our own food.

  • DiamonteA-bad1
    10/03/2019 - 10:23 a.m.

    No it’s just plane nasty to sell wasted foood

  • AkSiSa-bad
    10/03/2019 - 10:27 a.m.

    The supermarket helps withy hunger by giving the less fortunate food for as much as they can afford. This is a good way to solve hunger because this supermarket gives wasted food to the poor and helpless which is decreasing wasted food and decreasing the amount of hungry people.

  • LatoyaH-bad1
    10/03/2019 - 10:29 a.m.

    It is helping the homeless and like the little money that they got they can get some food from the store and I think that’s good because like the homeless will not starve or die from being hungry

  • MohdS-bad
    10/03/2019 - 10:30 a.m.

    I think the supermarket best helps with the problem of hunger because the supermarket allows people to pay what they have. Plus the store is serving as a lifeline for families who are down on their luck.

  • ZinP-bad1
    10/03/2019 - 10:33 a.m.

    I think that helpful because people need food for example homeless people food .

  • ZinP-bad1
    10/03/2019 - 10:38 a.m.

    I thin that helpful for homeless people need food

  • JamelaC-bad
    10/03/2019 - 10:40 a.m.

    It’s helping poor ppl because poor ppl needs food so they can survive the supermarket is helping by giving out food and taking care of ppl and poor ppl so they want be starving.

  • RoStarN-bad
    10/03/2019 - 10:46 a.m.

    I think the supermarket best help with the problem of hunger by not destroying the edible food also by selling the edible for cheap.

  • SwahayB-bad
    10/03/2019 - 10:47 a.m.

    I think that the supermarket best helps the problem of hunger by having the food not expired, having it taste good and packaging it nicely.

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