09 Oct '11, 3pm

Food Waste - Our Dirty Little Secret - - #foodwaste #food #waste

Food Waste - Our Dirty Little Secret - - #foodwaste #food #waste

Dumpster full of food waste outside a supermarket via Shutterstock According to the EPA's most recent official statistics, in 2009 more than 30 million tons of food was discarded in landfills across the US, which made it the number one substance by weight excluding construction, hazardous and industrial waste. Another study from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases found that Americans are actually wasting a jaw-dropping 55 million tons of food each year, or 200 pounds annually for every man, woman and child in the US. Incredibly, this amounts to around 40 percent of our total food supply and is more than double the numbers from 1974. Unfortunately, too many consumers do not understand the detrimental effect of food waste on the environment. For example, since food is biodegradable, many people still mistakenly believe that it is harmless to th...

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