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Americans Are Wasting 40% Food Every Year

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Food wastage

In a world full of hungry people, malnourished to their bones, throwing even a morsel of food down the drain would seem sacrilege. Unfortunately, Americans are doing much more than that and they are, surprisingly, unaware of the crimes they are committing against humanity every day.


In an average American home, where kids are either finicky about food, or teenagers are never home in time for their meals, mothers are left cooking meals that turn into leftovers and, eventually, end up in the bin. A recent report of the “National Resources Defense Council” (NRDC), says it all in its title, “Wasted, How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” Forty percent of food goes waste every year in the United States and it costs the country $165 billion.


The report also reveals that an average American family wastes 15-25% of the food purchases, which comes upto as much as 20 pounds of food per person. Quite unfortunately, reducing this wastage is hardly a priority for most of the Americans, who still think that they are entitled to the resources. One of the reasons for this excessive wastage of eatables is because people buy too much food. They cannot use all that food and it goes bad. The author of another book, “American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half its Food (And What We Can Do About It)”, Jonathan Bloom, is more direct. He says, “There are many reasons why Americans waste food, but the three main causes of food waste are abundance, beauty and cost.”


Composting is, at present, the most secure, cheap, and sureshot way to use up all that wasted food, suggest the scientists. And if you don’t know or want to do it, just don’t buy extra food.



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Americans Are Wasting 40% Food Every Year