August 24th, 2012 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on We’re Wasting Our Food
The NRDC (The Natural Resources Defense Council) has just issued a report highlighting and detailing the Food Waste problem we have in the United States. The report begins with some pretty startling revelations:
Getting food from the farm to the fork eats up 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50% of U.S. land, and swallows 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40% of the food in the United States today goes uneaten. This not only means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for almost 25% of U.S. methane emissions. Reducing food losses by just 15% would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.
The report goes on to explain how we waste the food at every level from farming to retailing to consuming. I had intended to write more, but after reading the paragraph above from the NRDC, I would prefer that everyone re-read that paragraph instead of focusing on any further copy. The information in those lines is remarkable and worth at least a second look. The statistics are staggering and certainly need to change. To read the entire report from the NRDC, you can visit their website.