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Letters to the Editor: Food waste is a problem because we throw out too much, period

To the editor: I discover myself continually checking meals labels and throwing out meals that’s supposedly now not good. Thankfully, I’ve neighbors who at all times need the meals I discard. They know one thing I don’t.

Though within the total scheme of issues it might sound unimportant in comparison with local weather change and homelessness, complicated labeling is definitely an issue that if corrected may assist deal with the latter two issues. A lot meals waste in America is said to the arbitrary labels utilized in meals packaging. Individuals throw out sufficient good meals to feed the nation’s hungry. Additionally due to complicated labeling, waste will get thrown out into landfills, emitting methane because it decomposes — and methane is a robust greenhouse gasoline. If AB 660 passes in California, the issue can be tackled by simplifying labeling. And I’d actually admire the assistance.

Lynn Lorenz, Newport Seashore


To the editor: As the general public turns into extra distracted in our complicated, “throw-away” world, meals waste is just one of a number of points that influence our surroundings. As necessary are prescribed drugs, too many with a one-year expiration date which might be nonetheless secure to make use of after. And the proliferation of disposable luggage, cardboard containers and gasoline and business diesel guzzlers continues (EVs won’t ever substitute them). The growing demand for beef, pork and different animal merchandise makes sustainability elusive whereas increasing waistlines and selling illness.

What is crucial for a sustainable future and to minimize waste requires government-sponsored messages and mandates. The meals label proposal (Meeting Invoice 660) can be begin. What about additionally curbing the promoting of sugary drinks and processed meals that changed the ill-fated cigarette advertisements?

Jerome P. Helman, Venice

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