Half of all US food produce is thrown away

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Food waste is often described as a “farm-to-fork” problem. Produce is lost in fields, warehouses, packaging, distribution, supermarkets, restaurants and fridges.
    By one government tally, about 60m tonnes of produce worth about $160bn (£119bn), is wasted by retailers and consumers every year - one third of all foodstuffs.
    Americans apparently throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.
    Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/us-food-waste-ugly-fruit-vegetables-perfect
     
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    And our churches, lodges, other charities, and even government agencies still manage to ship boatloads of food to the Third World.
     
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  5. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    We used to waste very little food; pretty much everything we bought, we ate.

    Then we had kids.
     
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  7. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    How interesting out of your mouth comes a good word for churches , pardon not mouth your fingers.
     

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