The Washington Post challenges us to re-think our beliefs about "Fresh V Frozen" food in this recent thought-provoking article.
"We think fresh is best. But to fight food waste, we need to think again"
Cutting waste is one of the food world’s top priorities. Up to 40 percent of all the food we produce ends up in the trash, and there are programmes up and down the supply chain trying to pare that down.
But there’s a simple step consumers can take to cut waste: Rethink “fresh".
It’s a word we associate with food that’s wholesome and good tasting. And there’s no argument about a just-picked tomato or a just-caught striped bass: those are the tastes that drive me to grow tomatoes and catch fish. But most tomatoes and fish don’t come to us just-picked or just-caught. They come to us after having been picked or caught, packed and shipped, warehoused and displayed.
Because “fresh” signifies “perishable", especially when it comes to produce and seafood, there’s a lot of waste in that system.
According to JoAnne Berkenkamp, senior advocate for the food and agriculture programme of the Natural Resources Defense Council, freezing and canning can cut back significantly on produce waste — a huge problem, since slightly more than half of our fruits and vegetables go uneaten. The savings start within hours of picking. “The vegetables are typically shipped straight from the farm to processing facilities and frozen or canned within hours, and then stabilized for months or years,” she says.
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