Americans Waste Food

How much money do Americans waste every year throwing out uneaten food? A new study finds the surprising number…. $640 worth of food is trashed by the average American every year. That’s according to a new study by the American Chemistry Council. Researchers say that just 15-percent of those surveyed were concerned about the environmental impacts of throwing away so much food. Food waste is the single biggest item in U-S landfills, where it rots and releases methane – a powerful greenhouse gas. Most people…79-percent were more concerned about lost money from tossing food. And about half of the 1,000 surveyed say they felt bad in light of world hunger. The results were self-reported, and actual food waste may be even higher. The Chemistry Council noted that the U-S government puts food waste at over $900 a year, per household.


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