America Wastes 2% of Energy on Uneaten Food!

October 4, 2010 / 1 Comment

Latest research reveals that the US wastes two percentage of energy on uneaten food. It says that tons of food gets tossed out every day. Americans are throwing off a shockingly high amount of food, where 8-16 percent of total US energy consumption goes into producing the food they consume. Estimates according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate that people of U.S wastes around 27 percent of the food they buy. This estimate excludes dog’s share.

foodwasted1 America Wastes 2% of Energy on Uneaten Food!

The research undertaken by Michael Webber and Amanda Cuellar believe that the energy savings from not wasting food are an untapped idea.

The energy loss through wasted food represents a substantial target for decreasing energy consumption in the U.S.

But this calculation is regarded as a conservative estimate because the data of both food wastage and energy consumption are incomplete and outdated. Reducing the amount of food dished out may indirectly lead to decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and rate of global warming.

It will help in reducing the obesity rates as well. Turning to locally grown food is beneficial in acquiring good health as well as reducing carbon footprints.

(Via Treehugger)

One Response

  • Asaf Shalgi / October 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    2% might not sound a lot but it’s enough to look at a dumpster located just outside a restaurant to realize that this country is throwing away too much food! This food could go to homeless people and even be reused as a source of renewable energy. Yet we pick the easy way out and it’s not going to change until some laws are made.

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