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40% of US Food Goes to Waste
Average family of 4 tosses $2,300 worth per year, says NRDC study
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2012 5:49 PM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2012 6:20 PM CDT
Customers select produce at a supermarket in Chicago in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – The LA Times takes note of a study on American food from the Natural Resources Defense Council with some eye-popping facts and figures on waste:

  • About 40% of food in the US supply chain goes uneaten
  • A family of four tosses $2,275 worth of food each year, which translates into 20 pounds per person each month
  • Americans waste 50% more food today than in the 1970s, and 10 times as much as people in Southeast Asia
  • Supermarket produce aisles are bountiful at a cost: Some $15 billion in fruits and vegetables goes unsold each year
  • Uneaten food is the single biggest component of municipal solid waste in landfills
Read the full study here.

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Wrongdirection
Aug 22, 2012 1:22 PM CDT
In my views, Oil Barons jack prices of crude oil, The oil companies say they have to raise gas prices because the refinery's are having problems. (how is raisen prices going to fix refinery's?) The Grocery Owners have a flat tire and they raise the price of food. I go in the store and see the prices of food is so high, I buy less from the grocery company. So they dump 40% of there returns and profits and raise their prices again to try and compensate for their loses. Whoops. I should have looked at the expiration date. I've had this purchase for 3 days and it outdated yesterday. My fault, throw it out! I guess the grocery wants to hang onto their product until the last minute before tossing it. I've seen marked down meats thats scary to think about consuming it. Until this merry-go-round is stopped, people are going to suffer more than they are now. We'll hit a depression, not a recession very soon, and it's going to be a very nasty thing!
Miss_Monica
Aug 22, 2012 11:28 AM CDT
Chickens for eggs and manure to compost to vegetables to edible parts going to us and inedible parts going to chickens for eggs and...I win! Gimme MY cookie, errr...a much nicer name.
billymalone
Aug 22, 2012 9:28 AM CDT
Hard to believe that when you get something for nothing (food stamps & school lunch programs) you would let it got to waste only to get more of the same over and over again. Wake up voters, it's your money.