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Stomping Out Foodprints

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, humans, food, waste )

- 1959 days ago -
A study published last summer broadcast an alarming statistic: that nearly half of the total American food supply (approximately $165 BILLION annually) gets dumped in the trash.

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Sam E M (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:26 am
It's hard to believe nearly half our food gets trashed - that's a LOT of food. I'm stunned.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:37 am

Maybe we should THINK, and learn about proper size proportions before we cook, less waste. The waste there is should be a part of composting, so it can be reused.

Barb Knight (1688)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:05 am
When I was a kid there was such a thing called 'left overs' that Mama fed us. If we didn't like what was served, we made peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches. Now I live in an assisted living home where 'left overs' do not exist. Whatever food doesn't get eaten is dumped in a huge garbage bag and thrown out. I used to feel so guilty like it was my fault, that I'd take what I didn't eat back here to my room and put it in my frig and eat it later. I still try to do it from time-to-time but now I have blinders on because I know there isn't anything I can do about it.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:25 am
noted with much concern

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:39 am
Make smaller portions or freeze leftovers you aren't going to use right away. Hate to say it, but the U.S. is a greedy, piggy country when it comes to consumption ~ or NOT consumption.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:41 am
Maybe we should be helping homeless people with what we throw away as they dig in garbage bins for food. When hunger strike it is horrible & this way they could eat it while it is still warn & clean! We are one humanity & all connected! We must help one another out in this world. What I throw away goes to my chickens or dogs & it is very seldom on the farm. We do eat left overs as there is nothing wrong with it!

. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 11:09 am
Such a terrible waste when there are so many people in this world going hungry. TYCher

Ness F (211)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:15 pm
When I was a teen and worked for a fast food chain whilst at High School, we were asked by a local boys home if we could give them the leftovers at the end of our nightly shift, our store manager said NO due to legal ramifications.
Needless to say when the manager didn't work the night shift,we'd mark the chart at the end of our shift for wastage and then one of the girl's lived near the home and would drop it off to them. The amount of wastage was insane, would go straight in the bin otherwise , and the food was made fresh everyday.

. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:47 pm
I am so sickened by articles like these. Feeding the hungry is one of the easiest things to do. Nations talk, and not a damn thing gets done.
Over 60 years ago, Truman fed the hungry, and those in need of medical treatment by simply flying food into Berlin. What is easier than this?
EVERY DAY, 10 air force jets should be filled with food, and delivered to designated countries that day.
The major food suppliers: General Mills, Kellog, etc could supply food daily - and they could even write it off!
It is just beyond me.

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:10 pm
Thank you for this very informative article.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:19 pm
Hope we can figure out a way to stop this waste, too many people go hungry and wasting is never a good thing.

. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 6:52 pm
Disgusting. Canada is just as bad.

Kim O (396)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:15 pm
I remember working at McDonald's when I was young. It grossed me out how much they wasted. When you picked up a burger, it went to the customer or the garbage. So if you grabbed the wrong's garbage. No putting it back. Not even after just a second. I always thought that was insane. I respect my food. If something died so I could eat, the thing to do is eat it!! We have leftover nights at my house. It infuriates me to waste anything.

Kim O (396)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:17 pm
Oh yeah!! Probably the worst wasting I ever saw was when we went to the Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur in Las Vegas. Dinner was Cornish Game Hens. So many hens died to make all of these suppers and I would say 70% went uneaten and were thrown out. All of those little hens died for nothing. Awful. I'll quit ranting now.

Julie E (405)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:27 pm
I just got done cleaning out the refrigerator and throwing out a lot of food and then I see this article... I did notice how much food I threw away and wondered what I could have done with it. I will give it some thought on how not to wasted food.

Ramu Reddy (8)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:08 am

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Wednesday February 6, 2013, 7:46 am

Anna Undebeck (256)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 8:11 am
not good not good...

Gvapo T (22)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:47 am
What a waste of resources!
If we just use part of it to help the people around the globe and at home (home countries / cities) and part of it as financial resources and help people build sustainable ecological farms (permaculture system) we would solve most of the hunger in the world and rebuild natural systems in relatively short time or at least in some foreseeable future.

Gvapo T (22)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:49 am
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