12 May '11, 10pm

253 Pounds: Americans Throw Away Their Weight in Food Every Year

253 pounds. Let’s face it, the number is daunting whether it’s staring up at you from the scale or from under the lid of the garbage can. And disturbingly enough, 253 pounds is the amount of food that each of us helps to go to waste every single year. On average, each of us sends our own body weight’s worth of food to the trash each year. According to a staggering report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a division of the United Nations, nearly one third of food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted every year. That translates to 1.3 billion tons of food – the weight of 3,400 Golden Gate Bridges – going to waste each year. And with that comes all the wasted energy, water, chemicals, and labor that go into producing, transporting, and storing the ill-fated food. The FAO accurately points out that the amount of food wasted, and the reasons...

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