Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food every year, cramming landfills with at least $165 billion worth of produce and meats at a time when hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic hunger globally, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The analysis, a compilation of various studies and statistics, found that waste exists from farm to fork even as an ongoing drought threatens to boost food prices. Read more...
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Over 35% of Americans are obese, but somehow nearly half of our food never gets a chance to pass through our flabby maws: according to an NRDC report [pdf], 40% of the food in the United States is wasted. That's the equivalent of 20 pounds per person every month. We waste 10 times more food than someone in Southeast Asia, and 50% more than we did in the 1970s. Basically, the nation's collective Clean Plate Club membership should be indefinitely revoked.