15 Aug '12, 3pm

If we recovered just 5 percent of the food we waste, we could feed 4 million Americans.

If we recovered just 5 percent of the food we waste, we could feed 4 million Americans.

Waste is just that – a waste. A waste of time, money, and valuable resources, like food, clean water, fertile soil, or energy. As pointless as waste is, and as much as we dislike it, it is all around us. We waste almost half the food we grow or raise. We waste more than half our energy through inefficiency , we waste three-quarters of our fuel in gas guzzlers , we waste water in our homes, our towns, our factories and farms. The list goes on and on. None of this waste makes our lives better. It makes things measurably worse. Waste's corrosive effects reach beyond our own pocketbooks and into our communities, our nation, and the world at large. Wasting oil jeopardizes our national security. Wasting food creates social unrest. Wasting energy poisons our air and water and sickens our families. The good news is that we can dramatically reduce waste without in any way lowering ...

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