The Curious Autodidact

June 13, 2015

The Food we Waste in America


What a heartache to consider the number of people go without adequate nutrition in our country and the amount of food that is pitched into the landfills and compost bins daily. It has been reported by the New York Times that 27% of the food in America is wasted. Europeans are much more careful about food because they shop daily and have limited space in which to store it in their smaller refrigerators, things tend not to be misplaced.

Two articles that are worth reading from the New York Times are Terra Parker-Pope’s article “From Farm to Fridge to Garbage Can” and Andrew Martin’s article ” One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal” written a few years past.

Just think of what we could do to stop hunger if we took even half of what we spent on wasted food and gave it instead to the local food pantry so all could eat?


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