Skip to comments.Americans waste 150,000 tons of food per day: study
Posted on 04/19/2018 5:18:36 AM PDT by BBell
Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound (422 grams) per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study Wednesday.
The amount of land used annually to grow food that ends up in the garbage in the United States is 30 million acres, or seven percent of total US cropland. Some 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water gets wasted, too, said the report in the journal PLOS ONE.
Fruits and vegetables made up 39 percent of total food waste, followed by dairy (17 percent), meat (14 percent) and grains (12 percent).
Items least likely to be thrown out included salty snacks, table oils, egg dishes, candy and soft drinks.
Higher quality diets have greater amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are being wasted in greater quantities than other food, said co-author Meredith Niles, an assistant professor at the University of Vermont.
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I Fedex all my food waste to a starving kid in India. Never hear back from him.
He’s fat and happy and has opened a mini mart.
Power trips will warp the mind.
150k tons divided by 330 million Americans equals 14.5 oz per person per day.
When you consider spoiled food, spoiled consumers, and spoiled tort lawyers, that is not a lot of per capita waste.
It amazes me how much food we have in USA. Where I live, we have about seven grocery stores in county. Every one is full. So much food. Who is buying this food? How do the stores make money?? So many people work in the food business.
Power corrupts, absolute power is kind of neat..
“White folks greed runs a world in need....”
Any restaurant you enter serves you a meal with likely a side of vegetables and/or starches. In presentation and in the intent of the patron, it is already presumed that the main course is the key portion of the meal and is thus the portion of the meal the patron *wanted* principally to eat. It’s really is no surprise then that the patron leaves to discard the portion of the meal that was considered an add-on - typically vegetables and starches.
It really takes little imagination to figure that out.
You sure you were not looking into my fridge?
"Whole communities" can buy their own damn food.
You've confused us with some communist hellhole... And NO I don't want grocery store selling garbage. AND the homeless? Those who are mentally ill should be institutionalized. That would be the kindest choice.
The drug addicts and lazy? Let them get food stamps or jobs or whatever. Feeding people garbage in not the 'incentive' we want in a capitalist country.
In my opinion, whenever you see these topics appear, they are being pushed by the Left for whatever Leftist reason they have.
They are likely the same kind of idiots who want us to eat bugs so we can save the planet from the horror of cow-farts.
I’ll eat bugs only if I am starving and cachectic with my pelvic bones and spine showing through, and not before.
It doesn’t mean we on the Right are all in on just wasting things, but we have the perspective to override our blind ideology or our virtue-signalling particle in our brains (Leftists have an entire lobe)
Reminds me of when I was on mess duty on Okinawa in 86. This Okinawan couple would come around a few times a week to take all of our food scraps from the mess hall. They ran a pig farm. In the states everything went into the trash.
You are exactly right!
It’s about moving the product!
I think the Japanese are very accustomed to using everything; here, people have gotten away from that. The *older folks* know what that it all about and cling to old habits; especially if they lived through the Depression.
When I had a wood range in my kitchen [it would warm us from Labor Day to Memorial Day]; I kept stock pots simmering 24/7, all winter; never wasted any scrap.
Now, I don’t have that facility.
Much scrap goes in the dog’s bowl.
I remember the Japanese dogs would eat anything. Pet food is expensive there so they feed their dogs everything. I watched a guy feeding a dog raw slices off a big daikon radish and the dog gobbled it up.
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