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Americans Waste 40% of the Food We Buy

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I knew we were wasteful as a nation blessed with abundance, but was shocked to learn we waste 40% of the food (25% @ home) we buy. shine.yahoo.com/work-mon

A new report by the

notes, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater consumed in the United States.”

They go on to state, “Just reducing that amount (the 40% waste) by 20 percent would feed more than 25 million Americans.”

Things we can do? www.nrdc.org/living/eati

• Shop wisely. Plan your meals so you eat what you buy
• Cook wisely. Plan on leftovers www.nrdc.org/living/eati

• Understand expiration dates. "It is not a safety date" emoticon www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsh

• Use your freezer.
• Watch what you order when dining out. Split meals.
• Understand portion sizes

You can find the paper @ www.nrdc.org/food/files/

Waste is the opposite of becoming "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS". May we all take steps to waste less and conserve more.

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    An area that my household needs to improve on!

    Thank you for sharing.
    2067 days ago
  • _LINDA
    The one thing I never do is waste food. I am always aware of what I need and how much to buy for each week. I do hate all this wastage. We also need to get away from buying long distance foods and start letting our local farmers give us more food and ramp up our own economies. I read those statistics on how it used to be before and what it is now. We really need to go back to older, simpler ways..
    Thanks for the links!
    2067 days ago
    I saw that and must admit, learning to cook for just myself I do waste a bit but I'm getting better. I have to learn how to freeze things more. Thanks for posting!
    2068 days ago
    This is one of the areas in my life I'm happy to say I've become wiser with age. When I was younger, I didn't plan meals out very wel and would let things sit in the fridge that could have been cokked and frozen or frozen as soon as getting home from the grocery store only to throw them out two weeks later.

    thanks for posting! It's an important reminder. Pat
    2068 days ago
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