Food Insecurity in the News: Bogus Expiration Dates, World Food Prize Youth Recipient, Weather Link to Food Insecurity

Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.

The vast majority of expiration dates are bogus — here’s how long your food is still good


We waste a lot of food out of fear: Experts estimate that $165 billion worth gets tossed each year.

But most expiration dates are largely made up. According to The National Resource Defense Council, the “sell by” dates do indicate not whether foods are safe to eat — they simply tell you when food will reach its limits for “optimal quality.”

Read more on Business Insider.

Exploring The MEANS Database: An Interview with World Food Prize Youth Institute Alum Maria Rose


Maria Rose, a student at the Public Health Program at American University, is making waves with an innovative tool that aims to reduce food waste by more efficiently connecting food donations to food pantries. After attending the World Food Prize’s Iowa Youth Institute, Rose put together, what she calls, the Matching Excess and Needs for Stability (MEANS) Database. The tool is already helping prevent food waste by connecting available food to those in need.

Read the full story on Food Tank.

Report: Extreme Weather Puts Food, Civil Order at Risk

Global food shortages will become three times more likely as a result of climate change and the international community needs to be ready to respond to price shocks to prevent civil unrest, a joint U.S.-British task force warned.

Rather than being a once-a-century event, severe production shocks, including food shortages, price spikes and market volatility, are likely to occur every 30 years by 2040, said the Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience.

Read more at Climate Central.