California resident, Carrie Stern is the mother of two and says that her family would gladly comply, but did not know the bill had passed or what steps they should take. Other residents are simply waiting for instruction and composting bins.
The writer of Senate Bill 1383 Nick Lapis explained in an interview that “each city and county run their own program, so each tends to be very different from one another,” making it more difficult for residents to get information and also to enforce the bill on a state–wide scale.
Although the intention behind California’s bill is admirable, it would be even more effective if we were able to cut down consumer waste rather than simply redirect it.
American consumers waste 108 billion pounds of food each year largely because they believe the food is no longer safe to eat. Our family relies on the date labels or date–like numbers on the food and assumes that they are indicators of safety.
Stickers and stamps on foods that list expiration dates can be difficult to decipher because they are inconsistent. Since unclear labeling leads consumers to waste considerable amounts of food, the United States Department of Agriculture should require a standardized system for food expiration
Our world is heating up at an exponential rate and we should seize any opportunity to limit greenhouse emissions. To do this, we must address the main producer of this waste by making it easier to determine if food is still safe to eat.