Sunday, September 9, 2012

Don't toss the leftovers…

America, the land of plenty. You bet. Actually, the land of too much.

The Natural Resources Defense Council says 40% of food in the U.S. never ends up in anyone's stomach. The average family of four wastes a lot of food every year, up to $2,275 worth.

And a lot of food is left in the fields on farms, spoils in transit, or hangs around past the "sell by" date in supermarkets.

It takes a lot of resources to grow, raise and catch all the food we like to eat, including the food we don't eat. The huge food waste accounts for 25% of fresh water usage. Almost 25% of methane gas production—which harms the atmosphere—comes from food scraps in landfills.

And super-size portions in restaurants?….I don't know about you, but it's been quite a while since I cleaned my plate in a restaurant.

We're throwing away 50% more food than we did 40 years ago.

Think about asking for a child portion next time you go out to eat.

Think about making leftovers a more essential part of your lifestyle.

You're not excused yet......
Common Dreams on food waste
Michael Pollan: "Eat food....."

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