Would you like our country save million$ of dollar$ on wasted food? It’s easy. Get rid of (as in regulate them out of existence) those “easy, convenient”, pop top cans of soup, beans, vegetables, stews, meat products, and fish. I used one today, a cream of mushroom soup. I’m a little OCD and consider myself to be assiduous about frugally getting the most out of things that I buy, and not inclined to throw good stuff into the recycle stream, much less the landfill. Still, I found it to be a challenge to remove the last 10%?, 5%? of the food in the damn can. I spent at least 5 minutes trying…. you think I’m average?
Good old, whack the top off of tin cans, worked for over a hundred years, but now; we’ve got progress. I have to conclude that there are no hungry people in the world and that landfills are free. That or perhaps, that Americans are stupid, lazy, greedy jerks.
I won’t go into so called economic theory on this or the debate about capitalism and the stupid “floating ships” of the free market. Waste is waste; it gets paid for one way or the other. Convenience isn’t free, and it doesn’t come only out of your own pocket. If the choice of avoiding this kind of wasteful packaging was really easy, then maybe this wouldn’t matter. The point is you have to be a little bit crazy (like me) to even notice, much less make a serious effort to chose those “free market” options that are supposed to fix these problems.
Now, work three jobs and spend an extra 5 minutes getting that last 5% of food out of the can. Or just throw it in the trash, it's only your money or your time.