The Ugly Truth of Wasting Food

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This is an issue that has been around for a while and there are numerous posts on this subject as well as reports. However, infographics make data beautiful so I thought we could show you a snapshot of how much food we waste as well as the world in general. It’s not only just about throwing money away but also the fact that we do have a hunger issue across the world. Now I know we can’t feed them our left overs (that’s why we have canned food drives) but we are creating more garbage for our landfills. Landfills account for the largest human related source of methane, which is a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.  So you can see it does branch out to other issues. We can only start with educating the public and hope we can reduce our consumption and buy what you need. Well hope you enjoy the infographic and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Update July 27 2012: Thank you for the comments below I have made further changes to reflect a more accurate representation of the numbers. Sources are listed below and you may research further into it. I have actually found this to be rather interesting.

Disclaimer: After researching through many reports these numbers are more or less estimates. The main reason for that is due to the methodology of calculating food waste. Everyone eats different portions of food and waste different amounts as well. It has been proven to be very difficult to give precise numbers on food waste. Nevertheless, the issue is still at large and the point is not how accurately we can describe these numbers to the “t” but why we are wasting good food in the first place.

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By Zain Husain

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6 Responses to The Ugly Truth of Wasting Food

  1. Vivian Best says:

    Look for a program like “Give It Fresh Today” or start one!

  2. Lloyd Knox says:

    “Americans waste 96 million pounds of food per year.”  That’s way too little — that’s much less than a pound per person per year.  Do you mean 96 million tons?

  3. John Ranta says:

    Have to question your facts here, as they don’t cross check. There are 300 million Americans. If we waste 250 pounds of food each per year, how does that equal 96 million pounds? Hard to say which of your facts are right, and which are wrong, which puts the whole post in doubt…

  4. Lydia says:

    Freeze your leftovers,even if it’s only one portion. When you add these portions ( of let’s just say pot) together you have a dinner for the whole family. Same goes for soups and just about everything else. I waste nothing. Try sending leftovers to a neighbor. A home cooked meal is a nice treat for a single parent who is sick of fishsticks,or a women who just lost her husband. Compost,some gardener will pick it up at no charge and might even bring you some vegrtables for your contribution.
    Make sure you label yor freezer bags.Taco meat and spaghetti sauce look similar when frozen.

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