How to wage war on food waste

Laura Wright Treadway writes on the Sierra Club's On Earth blog: "As kids, we were all admonished to finish what's on our plate for the sake of those starving children in faraway countries. Among environmental issues, however, food waste barely registers as a concern. Yet when we do the math, tallying all the resources required to grow the food that is lost as it journeys from farm to processor to plate and beyond, the consequences of our wastefulness are staggering: 25 percent of all fresh water and 4 percent of all oil consumed in this country are used to produce food that is never eaten.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that Americans waste 30 percent of all edible food produced, bought, and sold in this country, although it acknowledges that this figure is probably low."

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