How Does The Shelf Life Of Food Compare To That Of Electronics?

Food vs Tech

We’ve written a lot about the shelf life of foods here at Eat Drink Better. But how does the shelf life of electronics compare? Does tech outlast food? Or vice versa?

Surprisingly, according to an intriguing infographic, many foods live longer than most electronic gadgets. A pack of instant oats outlasts most electronic devices, as does honey, salt, sugar, and vinegar. Pickles, iPads, and iPhones have about the same useful shelf life — a mere one year. Olive oil, pasta, rice, and soy sauce all outlive the same iPads and iPhones. A surprising set of facts given the cost of electronics compared to that of the everyday foods we eat. I find it particularly interesting when you also consider that those “use by” and “sell by” dates on food have nothing to do with food safety. They are mostly marketing related dates with little-to-no regulation.

Are we being manipulated by both electronics and food manufacturers? Take a look at the infographic and let me know what you think.

Shelf Life Of Food And Tech

Does this make sense to you? Does it change the way you think about shelf lives of food or tech?

Infographic Credit: Shelf Life via
Image Credit: Apple and iPad via Shutterstock


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Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !
  • This was shocking to me. The whole idea of designing electronics so that they have to be replaced the most short-sighted business strategy. :(

  • AEM

    The irony of this made me giggle! I would never have thought to juxtapose the shelf life of these things but it’s definitely true.