25 Aug '12, 7pm

We Waste 23 Pounds of Food Per Month but We Don’t Have To

We Waste 23 Pounds of Food Per Month but We Don’t Have To

by Peter Lehner , Executive Director, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) We’ve all been told, since childhood, that wasting food is bad—but it still happens. We buy food we don’t have time to cook. We forget about leftovers in the back of the fridge. We throw out food that’s stamped with yesterday’s date, assuming it must be dangerous to eat. We have the best of intentions, but a little bit of waste every day, all over the country, adds up. Americans, on average, throw away about 23 pounds of perfectly edible food, per person, every month. And that doesn’t even count the food we consume that, in retrospect, we probably shouldn’t have eaten in the first place! This wasteful habit would not only earn a scolding from your mother—it’s actually 50 percent more than what we wasted in the 1970s. For a family of four, it would be the equivalent of taking between $114 and $19...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/we-waste-23-pounds-of-food-pe...

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