23 Sep '12, 11am

5 Facts About the Mountains of Food We Waste

5 Facts About the Mountains of Food We Waste

Food prices around the world are predicted to rise dramatically as a result of climate change, a huge challenge for the most impoverished people in the world who already spend up to 75 percent of their income on food. Meanwhile in the U.S., we waste a shockingly high amount of food as Dana Gunders , a scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), details on Grist and on the NRDC’s site . 1. 40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten. That means that, per person, more than 20 pounds of food produced in the U.S. is thrown out, a total equivalent to $165 billion. Households with children probably waste even more. NRDC notes that a study of British households found that those with children throw out 41 percent more food waste. 2. 10 percent of the U.S.’s total energy budget, 50 percent of U.S. land and a whopping 80 percent of the U.S. water supply are used ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-facts-about-food-we-waste.html

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