Sunday, March 6, 2011

Food Waste - 160 Billion Pounds A Year

While food waste is not only an American problem, the country is a leading perpetrator, with a conservative estimate being 160 billion pounds of wasted food a year. This is a real heart throb of mine and I was surprised to find an article in Ode Magazine telling of one Jonathan Bloom who is doing something about it with his new book, American Wasteland, with a subtitle of, How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It).

Scientists determined that American waste at least 40 percent of all edible food raised, grown, bought or sold in the country. Crunching numbers, researchers concluded that 300 million barrels of oil a year - 4 percent of all oil consumed in America - was used to produce and transport food that wasn't eaten.

Food waste accounts for over a quarter of the consumption of freshwater. Another study says that each year more energy is wasted in food discarded by Americans than is extracted from U.S. coastal oil and gas reserves. Read the entire article.

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