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Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day – equal to a pound per person

By Guardian (US)

Research shows people with healthy diets rich in fruit and vegetables are the most wasteful and calls for better education for consumers Americans waste about a pound of food per person each day, wRead full story

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  • It really is saddening to realize just how much Americans waste. And that’s not just food, but our resources in general. Everything is not easily replenishable...what’s the plan if we run out of something significant that we can’t restore? It’s solution time for sure.

  • We are good on awareness now. Time for solutions!

  • I have many points of contention with this article.

    1) It very quickly notes that fruits and vegetables are most likely to go to waste, and because of that healthier individuals are the most wasteful. I see zero objective truth in this. There is a very high possibility that the fruits and vegetables being disposed of are coming from households with very poor eating habits that never get around to eating the nutritious things. That aside, vegetarians and vegans are generally more environmentally

    I have many points of contention with this article.

    1) It very quickly notes that fruits and vegetables are most likely to go to waste, and because of that healthier individuals are the most wasteful. I see zero objective truth in this. There is a very high possibility that the fruits and vegetables being disposed of are coming from households with very poor eating habits that never get around to eating the nutritious things. That aside, vegetarians and vegans are generally more environmentally aware than those who are not.

    2) A portion of this article is dedicated to how much water fruits and vegetables require, but carbon emissions are not once mentioned. The carbon foot print of someone who consumes meat and dairy is exponentially higher than that if a vegan or vegetarian. Livestock produce 9% of greenhouse gasses in America.

    3) We know America is incredibly wasteful. The reminder is much needed, but it would be more helpful to introduce ideas of sustainability. What are the solutions to the issue? What can we do on an individual level?

  • Would it be better to define waste as overproduction or underconsumption? Both could be root causes of this problem in the USA.

  • What a waste. We need to ensure that we are not wasting food because millions go to bed without a meal and we can help by reducing the wastage of food. This would be the first step.

  • These numbers are always stunning. And they are consistent decade over decade. It’s shocking waste that most have no idea about and hard to know if they even care.

  • Why are we worried about carbon footprints of vegans? Yes, cows fart and add to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Guess what, humans do too. Those arguments are just virtue signaling and mask the solution that is right in front of us. Let's figure out how to reclaim some of that food to find ways to feed the hungry or re-use to feed animals for consumption. Food is recyclable. It's never really wasted.

  • Just a simple word.... Wao!

    1) the amount of money that is lose

    2) the bunch of people that could be eating with that quantity of food.

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