40% of World’s Food is Thrown Away
I know that we are all interested in helping kids and adults get the food they need, especially since Daisy shares information with us about how so many kids are at risk of going hungry. So I wanted to share this article that I just found.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American throws away 33 pounds of food each month — about $40.00 worth. In a year, that means each person throws away almost 400 pounds of food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 23% of eggs and an even higher percentage of produce ends in the trash.
And experts at Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week said an estimated 30 to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten.
Experts say that reducing waste is a simple way to cut stress on the environment while easing pressure on farmers, who are expected to feed an expected 9 billion people around the world in 2050, versus nearly 7 billion today.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said 33 million tons of food waste hit landfills and incinerators in 2010. But the EPA has launched a program to address the issue.
When you get a chance read the article, it has a list of other areas that food is being wasted around the world, and it also has information about ways that we all can make a difference.