How much food do you throw away?
There are certain traits of a nation, negative though they may be, that are also positive.
For instance, no one likes that Canadians and Americans are so fat, though you can see the argument coming: the mere fact that we’re able to eat so much, so poorly, is a testament to the wealth of our countries.
Again, it’s not what we want, but it’s reality, and now another embarrassment-of-riches story has come out once more.
According to a new study, Americans throw away nearly half their food each year, a problem that wastes more than $150 billion annually. Bad? No doubt, but are Canadians much further behind?
By the new report from the U.S.’ Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Americans toss 40 per cent of their food each year, good for $165 billion total ending up in the dumps.
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On a per family (of four) basis, that’s about $2,275 each year of thrown-away food.
Of course, such a report comes with the usual guilt trip figures. According to the NRDC, just a 15 per cent reduction in wasted food would be enough to feed 25 million Americans annually.
Though let’s not dare saddle up a high horse here in Canada.
By one of the latest studies on food waste in Canada, we fall short of the U.S. in total dollars but remain right in the line in terms of percentages.
About $27 billion worth of food finds its way into Canadian landfills each year, but some of the most recent estimates still put that at 40 per cent of our total food.
“There’s just something wrong with throwing away food when so many people go without,” Jonathan Bloom, author of the book American Wasteland, told the Star last year.
How much food do you figure you throw away, and what do you do to ensure minimum waste?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money