Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Never Throw Food Away Again

Never Throw Food Away Again
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By Leah Zerbe

Americans waste almost half of their food, according to a new report.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—America wastes an astounding 40 percent of its food, a statistic that has doubled since 1974, according to new research published in the journal PLoS ONE found. And it's not just trashed food that gets wasted, but also tons of the food and water used to grow, harvest, process, and transport the food, the study authors say.

"Food waste in America has become a very large problem that significantly drains national resources," explains study coauthor Kevin Hall, PhD, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. For example, about one quarter of the total consumption of fresh water in the United States is used to produce food that is not eaten, the study authors found. Furthermore, more than 300 million barrels of oil, or about 4 percent of the nation's oil consumption, is used to produce wasted food—and that figure doesn't even include the costs for processing and transporting food. Read full article:

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