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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsÂ every year :
- Us greedy gluttons in North America and Europe wasted between 209 and 253 pounds of food per person, per year - enough to feed each of us for roughly two and a half months.
- World wide one-third of food produced for human consumption is wasted.
- Consumers in North America and Europe waste about 209 to 253 pounds of food per person every year. The USDA says the average person in the U.S. eats 4.7 pounds of food per day. So that means the amount of food we each waste in the U.S. per year would feed us for about one and a half to two months (44 to 54 days to be exact).
The negative impact this has on the environment is huge. Â As I write in Green Washed, in the United States,
the food we waste consumes 300 million barrels of oil per year…twenty-one percent of our nation’s freshwater supply is used to grow food that we simply throw out.Â
It turns out generations of nagging “to finish your food” and “not to waste it” were right. The greenest thing we can probably do when it comes to food is to stop wasting so much of it.
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