by Kevin Payne 2,000,000,000 is a big number and when applied to tons of food waste it’s a massive problem. A recent report , published by The Institute of Mechanical Engineers , a U.K.-based engineering society and think tank, states that of the four billion tons of food produced annually worldwide up to half of it goes to waste – that’s 2 billion pounds of food into landfills. Among the causes:
Poor harvesting, storage and transportation methods
Plain old consumer waste (people buy too much and throw it out)
Overly conservative and misunderstood “sell-by” dates, driven mostly by grocers looking to avoid legal actions to reduce risk due to poor food quality
I italicize the last part because part of the...