Abundant Nation? America’s Waste of Food, Land and Water

posted by Shopping4Bargains @ 18:31 PM
August 29, 2012

    Every year reports come out about the amount of food Americans waste, and this year we are wasting more than ever.  Our waste amounts to billions of dollars annually, and is a waste of water and lands used to produce foods.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report released this week,  titled, “Wasted:  How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill,” starts with shameful statistics:

“Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of 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 percent of U.S. methane emissions.”

This means that each one of the 311 million Americans waste 20 pounds of food every month!  For a family of four that translates to between $ 1,350 to $ 2,275 going down to garbage dumps, and it means that we throw away a quarter of the food and beverages we buy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans throw out 40 percent of fresh fish, almost a third of the eggs purchased, and 20 percent of the milk we feed cows vegetation to produce.  And the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that our country discards 33 million tons of food each year.

Now analysts speculate that if food would cost more in this country, people would value it more, and would be less wasteful.  Other contributions to this throw-away food are:  1)  Portion sizes that are sometimes eight sizes larger than government food experts recommend; 2) Dinner plates over a third larger than 50 years ago; 3) Restaurants overstocking food; 4) Too much ready-to-eat food;

Planted fields that go unharvested; 6) Perfectly good food left to rot because deemed ‘unmarketable;’ 7) Discard of damaged or ‘outdated’ foods still edible; 8) Overly cautious health codes preventing restaurants and buffets from donating food to charitable organizations that could feed others, etc.

NRDC project scientists, Dana Gunders adds:  “As a country, we’re essentially tossing every other piece of food that crosses our path––that’s money and precious resources down the drain.

“With the price of food continuing to grow, and drought jeopardizing farmers nationwide, now is the time to embrace all the tremendous untapped opportunities to get more out of our food system.”

Wholesale Christian Bibles makes clear that waste is a curse, a symbol of lost wars, a sign of desolation:  i.e. “She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness (Nahum 2: 10).  Such will be the fate of America if this woeful sin of wasted food does not stop!

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