As food liquidators, we see that Americans have a problem with food.
In reality, Americans have several problems with food, beyond the incessant need to wrap everything in bacon and double stuff the crème filling in their cookies. While Americans are known for the excessive, oversized, and astonishingly caloric food products, they are also widely known for something else:
North America, led by the United States, holds the dubious honor of creating the largest amount of food waste in the world. Nearly 40% of food produced in the United States for human consumption is wasted, often finding its way into landfills. According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, nearly one third of the food produced in the world is wasted each year. Nearly 1.3 BILLION tons of food. Attempts to educate and enlighten consumers in America of their food waste has seemed to have done little to reduce the amount of waste produced, and so the world looks to technology to alleviate and reduce the amount of food that is chronically wasted by Americans.
Such technology was developed by a teenage girl in Iowa.
Maria Rose Belding created the MEANS database after her experience as a volunteer at a local foodbank. Her network creates a way of communicating stock, expiration dates, and availability in foodbanks spanning over 24 states in America. This database alone has made it possible to get food products to those who need them and before the expiration dates pass and the food has to be disposed of.
With nearly 40% food waste in the United States, there is no reason for any man, woman, or child to experience any level of food security concerns. With this innovative and simple database, Belding and others like her are working hard to make that goal a reality.