Morning’s Market Researcher!
Many of us may not know what the ‘Sell by’ date means when we shop. This means that food has to be discarded even if it is actually still perfectly edible. The habit of ‘freeganing’ (raiding supermarket waste bins at the end of the day for free food) has become popular because of this, says Judith Wills in her very useful book called The Green Food Bible.
While some supermarkets have a ‘reduced-price’ corner or shelves to sell off as much of this produce as they can, others, such as Marks & Spencer, don’t. They feel that cut-price goods aren’t the right image for them.
This waste can be dealt with when we grow our own produce, don’t have to buy food that is not fresh, and help the planet.
Bottled Water: The Earth Policy Institute of Washington says it would take less than a third of the annual amount spent by consumers on bottled water – some US$100 billion – to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015.
What we can do: don’t buy juices from stores. Make your own fresh juices.
Drink tap water, boiled and filtered. Use a water filter. Carry your own clean water from home, everywhere, look away from bottled water, always!