Time is endless. There was a point at which the universe started and a point when the universe will end meaning time only has a short period in which it is actually useful, but all in all time is relatively endless. So why do humans always try to control, manipulate, and use time. Much like I talked about in my Constraints post, I believe that we really just try to use time because of how afraid we are of it. We realize that time ultimately controls us and there’s nothing we can do to actually change it or make a difference in it, but we put deadlines on things and rush people because of how short our life seems in comparison to all time. Really we just try to understand time and make the most of it, but we end up doing is causing more problems. We rush life and take away its meaning and fun because we always worry about running out of time. And this applies to so many things, from balancing work and play to eating and drinking. Yes, you read that right, we put time constraints on eating and drinking.
The dictionary definition of the expired is: (of a document, authorization, or agreement) cease to be valid, typically after a fixed period of time. And we use this word to describe our food and drinks after a certain amount of time, but how do we figure out that time. The definition says something that is expired “ceases to be valid” but isn’t that subjective when it comes to food? If it isn’t going to kill or even hurt you to eat or drink a certain thing after a certain time why do we put an expiration date on it. This video goes more in depth on that question and talks about how much food is wasted simply because we put a random date telling consumers when to throw it away. One problem I have with the video, though, is that it doesn’t talk that much about the solutions to this problem. While it does mention and list a few different ideas that could be used to find a solution, it never actually describes what should be done. So, here are my thoughts: I believe that expiration dates should be controlled federally (simply to avoid any confusion), only be placed on foods that actually become dangerous after a certain time (people can decide for themselves when to throw out something that just tastes bad), and should have a scientific backing that is presented on a public site so everyone can view it. I feel like this could be a very good solution to the problem and extremely cut down on food waste in the US. I know firsthand that food waste is a big problem when it comes to expiration dates because my family does not throw away expired things, but whenever I bring expired food to school my friends always tell me that I should throw it out because it’s bad. But, maybe throwing it out is worse.