Throwing Food and it's drastic impact on the US Economy
Americans on average throw away their half eaten meals rather than boxing it up when at a restaurant, and/or simply keeping them in the fridge for a later time. These wasted food adds up to over a billion dollars annually of wasted spending.
The amount of food Americans throw away has risen by approximately 50 percent since 1974 according to a new study in PLoS ONE. This means that the US could feed over 200 million adults every year with the food that ends up in the trash. Currently, the UN estimates that one billion people—an historical record—are going hungry worldwide. This means that the US alone can essentially feed one-fifth of the world's entire hunger population.
Money tight in this economy?
Did you know that Americans eat out an average of 4-5 times a week? The study shows that a family of four usually wastes $2,500 worth of food a year, which equates to Americans just throwing away $10 a day.
High gas prices in today's economy?
The study found that food waste in America consumes approximately 300 million barrels of oil every year from fossil fuels used in farming. In 2003 this was 4 percent of the nation's total oil consumption, which is one of the nation's largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Shortage on nation's water supply?
Wasted food is also impacting America's freshwater supply. According to the study a quarter of all freshwater usage in the US goes to produce food that is never eaten.
"Assuming that agriculture utilizes about 70% of the freshwater supply, our calculations imply that more than one quarter of total freshwater use is accounted for by wasted food," according to researchers.
It's one of the reason why many people in this country goes broke, why the US economy continues to stumble, and why world hunger gets bigger.
This shouldn't be a problem for a CAGer I'm guessing...
Next time you want to buy a Video Game that you're just not sure you could afford, then save your food, spend less on it, and since Americans throws away $10 per day on wasted food, you can have that video game in a week!
Edited by Jcaugustine, 02 May 2012 - 11:22 PM.