Even with different categories there is so much variability.” The result is a confused public and tons of wasted food. TIME.com: Illnesses from imported foods are on the rise Correcting these entrenched misconceptions, however, won’t be easy. The report authors say the re-education could start with a clearer understanding of what the dates mean. “Use by” and “Best by”: These dates are intended for consumer use, but are typically the date the manufacturer deems the product reaches peak freshness. It’s not a date to indicate spoilage, nor does it necessarily signal that the food is no longer safe to eat. “Sell by”: This date is only intended to help manufacturers and retailers, not consumers. It’s a stocking and marketing tool provided by food makers to ensure proper turnover of the products in the store so they still have a long shelf life after consumers buy them. Consumers, however, are misinterpreting it as a date to guide their buying decisions. The report authors say that “sell by” dates should be made invisible to the consumer. Four ways to combat food waste Jena Roberts, vice president for business development at the food testing firm, National Food Lab, studies “shelf-stable” properties of foods to help manufacturers determine what date indicates when their products are at their best. “The food has to be safe, that’s a given,” says Roberts. “[The manufacturers] want to make sure the consumer eats and tastes a high quality product.” But she acknowledges that even if the food is consumed after its ideal quality date, it’s not harmful. A strawberry-flavored beverage may lose its red color, the oats in a granola bar may lose its crunch, or the chocolate clusters in a cereal may start to ‘bloom’ and turn white.
Cool guy, that new pope. Wish those House Republicans would spend some time studying the interview Pope Francis gave to the Italian Jesuit journal La Civita Cattolica that was published online by America, a U.S.-based Jesuit publication. They might learn a few things about compassion, priorities and how to be real Christians. Francis thinks the church, to its detriment, is obsessed with its battles against abortion, gay marriage and contraception. The teaching of the church is clear, he said. But it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. God bless that man. But Francis didnt just rock the world with unexpected words of conciliation about those hot-button social issues, he also said the church must be less rigid and must listen to the feeling of the people, especially the poor. The same day his words were published, the inflexible Republican House majority voted to snatch food right out of the mouths of the less fortunate up to 3.8 million of them. A day later, setting the government on a flight path toward a shutdown that will only come back to haunt the GOP, they voted (for the 41st time) to defund the Affordable Care Act, the program that is about to make health insurance accessible to an estimated 15 million uninsured Americans. While the pope was declaring that people get tired of authoritarianism, House Republicans were deciding who can eat and who can go hungry. This un-Christian view was captured by Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp , a former seminary student who thought Hurricane Sandy victims should not receive disaster relief. I think most Americans dont think you should be getting something for free, he said , especially for the able-bodied adults. (Unless youre Tim Huelskamps parents, who, according to Politico , received $1.1 million dollars in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009.) How many of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the measure can really pretend they dont know any able-bodied adults who cant find jobs, or whose full-time jobs in the service industry keep them below the poverty level?
“I don’t feel like a bum,” he said. “I pull hot chicks, drive nice cars, dress nice and wear the most baddest jewelry in the world.” Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow 1. Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Kill Millions Of Jobs His plan would cut the budget by $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years. These budget cuts would raise the unemployment rate, shrink the economy and eliminate 2 million jobs in 2014 alone, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) 2. Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Cut Medicaid His budget would slash Medicaid spending by $756 billion and turn the program into a block-grant program for states. It also would eliminate Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which would have provided Medicaid coverage for an estimated 12 million more people. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) 3. Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Let States Kick People Off Of Food Stamps His budget would turn the food stamp program into a block-grant program for states. It also would encourage states to limit the amount of time that the unemployed can access food stamps and limit food stamp eligibility mostly to workers. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde) 4.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) Food stamps have figured in Americans’ ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson’s vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan’s scorn for crooked “welfare queens” and President Bill Clinton’s pledge to “end welfare as we know it.” Partisans tend to see what they want to see in the food stamp program: barely enough bread and milk to sustain hungry children, or chips and soda maybe even steak and illicit beer for cheaters and layabouts gaming the system. Those differences were on display Thursday when the House voted to cut almost $4 billion a year, or 5 percent, from the roughly $80 billion-a-year program. The House bill would tighten eligibility standards, allow states to impose new work requirements and permit drug testing for recipients, among other cuts to spending. A Senate bill would cut around one-tenth of the amount of the House bill, or $400 million a year. Republicans argued that work requirements target the aid to the neediest people. Democrats said the swelling rolls more than 47 million people are now using the food stamps, or 1 in 7 Americans show that the program is working at a time of high unemployment and great need. A look at the history and future of food stamps: ___ NO MORE STAMPS These days, people in the nation’s largest food aid program pay with plastic. These special debit cards are swiped at convenience store or supermarket checkouts to pay for groceries. The cards can’t be used for alcohol or cigarettes or nonfood items such as toothpaste, paper towels or dog chow. Junk food or high-priced treats are OK. The first food stamps were a temporary plan to help feed the hungry toward the end of the Great Depression of the 1930s. The government subsidized the cost of blue stamps that poor people used to buy food from farm surpluses. The idea was revived in the 1960s and expanded under Johnson into a permanent program that sold food coupons to low-income people at a discount.