Eat With Your Head

US and Food Waste
March 3, 2010, 10:41 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I’m making a good-faith effort to get this blog back up and running. And I bring some distressing news: From Scientific American, the US throws more than 25 percent of the food it produces away.

As you might imagine, this brings many problems.  At a time of increasing rates of hunger, we throw out 25 million tons of food a year. This food heads off to landfills, where it releases methane and contributes to global warming. In general, we don’t need our landfills to be quite so big.

The article’s reader comments are also worth checking out. One person reminded readers that most of this food waste is probably industrial in nature. We may be pretty careless, but the problem of food waste can also be tied to poor policy and no economic incentives — not just gluttonous personal habits.


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