Food Waste and the Culture of Rush

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Journalist Diana Moreno took a job at a low-cost supermarket in Germany where she discovered what she called a nasty reality: “Every day, at a sleepy four o’clock in the morning, a random employee has to do the ‘waste inventory’…we get rid of items just because they’ve lost their label, or because the package is broken, or because they’ve been left outside the fridge.” This food waste adds up to about 1.3 billion tons a year, or about 1/3 of all food that is produced. Moreno believes the heart of this problem is a culture of “rushing, speed, and busyness.” She highlights the growing number of grocery stores and citizen movements that are working to fight against this waste, and how each of us can contribute to wasting less.

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