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Doug Rauch, who spent 14 years as the president of Trader Joe’s, is opening a new kind of grocery store: one that sells expired food. He’s calling it The Daily Table, and it will open early next year in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
The idea isn’t as radical as it sounds. A full third of the world’s food, and up to 40 percent in the United States, is wasted each year. Plenty of foods that appear to be expired, or past their sell-by date, turn out to be perfectly safe. Still, a recent study found that nine out of ten Americans will throw out food that’s past its “use before” date without first checking to see if it’s still good. It amounts to $165 million that ends up in the trash each year, just waiting for someone to capitalize on it.
Rauch told NPR the idea isn’t much different than what’s already being done to address food waste and hunger:
…food banks for years have done this. I might say, without naming the names, one of the leading, best regarded brands in the large, national, food industry — they basically recover the food within their stores, cook it up and put it out on their hot trays the next day. That’s the stuff that we’re going to be talking about. We’re talking about taking and recovering food. Most of what we offer will be fruits and vegetables that have a use-by date on it that’ll be several days out.
Instead of a food bank, Rauch is opening up a “retail environment,” which he envisions as part-market and part-restaurant. The focus will be on healthy, inexpensive prepared meals and produce. His main competition, as he sees it, won’t be his former company: “There aren’t Trader Joe’s in the inner-cities in America, at least to my knowledge,” he said.
Instead, he’s taking on the fast food industry. And if his made-over leftovers can compete on price with Big Macs and french fries, it could help redefine what we think of as a fresh meal.
Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.