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Saturday, December 3, 2016

WHY DO AMERICANS WASTE SO MUCH FOOD?


Despite the fact that over 42 million Americans live in food-insecure households, collectively, we manage to throw out an estimated 80 billion pounds of food every year. According to a survey by the American Chemistry Council, the average household throws out $640 of food each year. Why are we wasting so much food? A survey by researchers from Ohio State University found:

  • 68% of Americans believe that throwing away food once its expiration date passes lowers their chances of getting sick from it.
  • 59% believe that food waste is "necessary" to consistently produce fresh, flavorful meals.
  • Only 42% feel that food waste is a major source of wasted money.

Source: Motley Fool, 11/3/16, Wasted Food