My grandfather used to tell me that expiration dates are just a suggestion; it doesn’t necessarily mean the food can’t be eaten. He was right. Not that I’d trust eating half the things in his fridge, but he was right. As we discussed last year, even the USDA admits, “There is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating in the United States.”
A supermarket in Denmark has taken that idea to heart. WeFood, which opened in Copenhagen this week, only sells food that would have been discarded by other grocery stores. Expired food, damaged food or any surplus in general: As long as it’s edible, WeFood wants what other business would have thrown out.
The values behind the market, which was started by a non-profit, aren’t about finding a way to make a buck where other companies couldn’t. Instead, WeFood hopes to cut into some of Denmark’s 700,000 tons of annual food waste while offering inexpensive shopping options to people who are concerned about their budget, the environment, or both.