How much food do we throw out every year?

leftovers$640’s worth, according to an survey from last year.

That’s roughly 16 percent of the food we buy each year, in the trash.

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12 responses to “How much food do we throw out every year?

  1. You know…..
    I do hate to be peevish………
    But where is the survey? No link to it at The Fool.
    And those BLS statistics?
    And why is the American Chemistry Council, a chemical industry trade group (lobbyists) that opposes things like banning endocrine disruptors used in food additives and packaging and bans on plastic grocery bags, even interested in food waste?
    Wait a minute…..
    Maybe it’s a survey by TNS Global? Nope. The Fool says, ” According to a survey by the American Chemistry Council.” I better keep looking.

    • They got their information from the American Chemistry Council, which I did not link to because I don’t love them. Sue me. Have a spectacular night.

  2. Before the job was taken over by the local food program a few years ago (thankfully), a bunch of us would redistribute food that was going to be thrown out by grocery stores in the area. Three supermarkets and we would stuff a large Econoline van as many as six times a week. I was amazed by what we would get. It was us or the dumpster.

    • That’s an incredible haul…

      • There were a couple of shelters and church kitchens that got first crack, then we’d hit the streets. People got to recognize the van, we had a route. It was mostly staples. Baked goods, lots of eggs, beat up veggies and fruit. Once we had a crate of Kiwis. They were a big hit. Usually we were empty in a couple of hours.

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