According to the UN's Environment Program report, about one third of food produced world-wide becomes waste. in America, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted. Landfills are overflowing with food scraps and waste from packaging. Many of the products we buy in stores, or foods we order from fast food restaurants contain a lot of packaging. People don't think about how much waste they are creating. Ways to deal with the problem are: portion control and saving leftovers for another day; recycling all packaging; donating unused grocery items to food banks. It's about being aware and taking responsible action.
Americans are too wasteful of food. Forty percent of the food Americans have available to them goes uneaten, according to a report released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Most of this nutrient-rich uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills.
A study published by the Department of Agriculture about food loss in 2008 — the most recent year for which a full analysis has been done — states that $165.6 billion in food was wasted that year by food retailers and consumers. The study goes on to say that $390 worth of food per person was wasted in the United States in 2008.
While there is much speculation over the predominant reasons for the food loss — from unregulated expiration dating to a cultural distaste for aesthetically displeasing fruits and vegetables — one of the most telling aspects of the report is that there is not enough data to make a firm determination.
Americans are too wasteful of food demonstrated by the extreme amount of garbage that is left on the curb every day. Which begs the question, how are the earth is the United States most obese nation on earth? We are fat as hell yet waist the most food. Maybe it's time to make portions smaller.
Americans are too wasteful of food. Studies have shown that America wastes 40% of its food. Much of the food that is purchased at grocery stores and restaurants is uneaten and ends up in the garbage. Large portion sizes at restaurants lead to extra food that must be disposed of. Purchasing more perishable items then needed at the grocery store also leads to food waste when those items go bad and are thrown out.