Education Corner: Americans Waste 150,000 Tons of Food Each Day – Equal to a Pound Per Person

Did you know Americans waste about a pound of food per person each day totaling 150,000 tons, with the people who have healthier diets rich in fruit and vegetables the most wasteful.  Fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat.  This waste has an environmental impact, with the volume of discarded food equivalent to the yearly use of 30 m acres of land, 780m pounds of pesticide and 4.2tn gallons of irrigated water.  Rotting food also clogs up landfills and releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

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