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Food Waste in The United States
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Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12
A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council indicates that Americans waste 40% of their Food from 'Farm to Fork" it is estimated to be a value of around $165 Billion dollars worth of food. There is so much waste eve though every day people are dying from starvation. So I just wanted to get peoples Opinion on this matter really
link to the report - http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf
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I was raised to not waste stuff, so I try to minimize the amount of food I throw away. I try not to buy so much food that some will go bad before I finish it, I won't take more than I can eat, I clean my plate, etc.

At buffets, I see people taking plates and plates of food and they only eat a few bites from each one....same with a lot of other restaurants. People will leave a lot on their plate and they won't even take it to go. I never realized the percentage was 40...that's pretty bad.
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I eat everything, especially chocolate and snacks. I wont waste anything as long as someone promises ice cream as a treat
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yea the report shows where the food is wasted percentage wise, and being able to better understand where are waste is, we can save more food and being able to give that to the less fortunate
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Well, most of the food we Americans eat is grown in america, or bought from other countries. I agree aid is needed for these "third-world" countries, but at some point they're going to need set aside their differences and grow their own food. Sub-saharan africa is a great place for agriculture and there is huge potential in the land there. In the case of waste, we cant tell people to stop throwing away food that they bought with their money, an informative program and a advertising campaign may stem the wasting of food though.
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Tim_The_Enchanter wrote:

Well, most of the food we Americans eat is grown in america, or bought from other countries. I agree aid is needed for these "third-world" countries, but at some point they're going to need set aside their differences and grow their own food. Sub-saharan africa is a great place for agriculture and there is huge potential in the land there. In the case of waste, we cant tell people to stop throwing away food that they bought with their money, an informative program and a advertising campaign may stem the wasting of food though.


yes because we all know that 25,000 people die a day from hunger or related causes because they don't want to grow their own food...
I think it is morally wrong that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, but people die everyday from hunger, because they live in a place that is hard to get food or do not have the money to get food
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Posted 8/22/12
Or government leaders or warlords take what we give them and either use it themselves or sell it. They don't care about their own people.
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It's their fault for not doing anything about their situation. I throw away plenty of food and I laugh at the little children in Africa that died of hunger as I threw it away. In all seriousness though They need to start looking out for themselves. If your warlord keeps you down and hungry: rebel, if you don't have the money: grow your own, I for one hate the fact that people go to sleep hungry every night but what I hate more is those same people expecting help when there is always something they could do themselves.
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well when ure rich you can do stuff like that :/
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Please be informed and don't just throw a stone blindly into the abyss.

http://www.wfp.org/hunger/who-are

ANy OT.Pretty interesting report, however,misleading title seeing as how the bundled non controllable losses in with controllable losses in the research.Losses in farming doesn't count as "waste".
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Don't forget buffets. Gluttony, the grand symbol of America.

Well, next to lazy and stupid that is.
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Mmm, nothing beats washing down a toasty BLT sandwich with starving third world orphan tears. So delicious and refreshing.

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Posted 10/14/12
bleh. america makes me sick. yet i live in it.
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Posted 10/14/12
I know I try eating as much as I can and if I get too much, I'll put it back for later.
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