Last Call: This family ate past-date food for an entire year

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... to prove a point about food waste


A Maryland family that owns a chain of organic food markets ate past-date food—including produce, dairy, and meat—for an entire year, and hey, it looks like they lived to tell the tale. News station WTOP reports the Nash family consumed 4-month-past-date buttermilk, butter they’d scraped mold off of, 15-days-past-date ground beef to prove that American needlessly waste millions of pounds of food each year just because best-by dates have passed. I know those dates aren’t concrete expiration dates and that groceries like milk are good well past them, but still, I’d be wary of that 4-month-old buttermilk. [Kate Bernot]

My Girl Scout Cookie order is missing a crucial box

My husband went a little nuts ordering our yearly stock of Girl Scout cookies, from our adorable 4th-grade twin neighbors: 10 boxes (at $5 a box). The girls delivered the stash last night, and I’ve already devolved significantly: Thin Mints for last night’s dinner, kicking off this morning with a few Somoas—and sliding a few to the kids as well. Does coconut count as protein? Possibly a vegetable?

Husband was pretty democratic in his cookie choices: 2 apiece of the Thin Mints, Somoas, S’Mores, Tagalongs, and Do-Si-Dos. I sense a strong peanut butter/chocolate influence from my daughter. What’s missing in this order though? That’s right, trefoils. I know, I’m still kind of in shock. I would trade all the peanut butter varieties for a few trefoils; I’m with Jason Momoa on this, I love them (Somoas are the best though, he’s wrong about that). Maybe I can track down the neighbors and offer top dollar for any possible buttery, blue-boxed extras, when I’m not busy making peanut butter sandwiches out of Thin Mints. [Gwen Ihnat]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



I’m all for limiting food waste, but isn’t the simple lesson, “don’t take more than you need?”

There’s also the larger question of how supermarkets and farms process their food waste all every stage, from unsold food at stores, food damaged during transport, or farms tossing out “ugly” produce. NPR did a report on this last year, and it’s surprising how little public information there is out there on this.