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October 29, 2005

26 Million Tons of Food Trashed

Category: Big Things,Conservation,Economics,Organic & Local Food – Tom Harrison – 3:29 pm

Check out this statistic: 164 million tons of trash are thrown away each year the US. OK, well, hard to deal with out of context, but consider this: about 15% of our garbage (nearly 27 million tons) is food. Compare this to about 8 million tons of junk mail, newspapers, magazines and books (the share that is not recycled), and food is 3 times as much.

So considering the amount of energy used to produce food, this number seems staggering.

The link on this article is to some resources that go into detail about how much we throw away. So I’ll work to think of ways to measure how much we throw away in our house, and what it is we throw away, and what we might be able to do about it.

More to come…

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