40 Percent of Food in America Being Thrown Away
With food prices on the rise, it’s even more important to use the food you buy, but the average American family is wasting thousands of dollars worth of food each year, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council [WashingtonPost.com].
The report found that the average family of four in the United States throws out 14 to 25 percent of the food they buy, adding up to between $1,365 and $2,275 each year. As a country, we’re throwing away $165 billion in food yearly. The biggest culprit: Unsold fruits and veggies at grocery stores. Grocery store waste is followed by wasted leftovers at restaurants and in people’s homes.
Read “Why Food Goes Bad So Fast” for tips to make your groceries last longer, decrease your family’s food waste, and save money.