According to a survey from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), each American household throws away an average of $640 worth of food every year. What's worse is that most people don't really care about the environmental impact.
This is surprising news, given that we're in the midst of a revolutionary conversation about food waste. Seattle implemented the nation's first penalties for wasting food; France is making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away food; and the former president of Trader Joe's opened in Massachusetts the first of (hopefully) many affordable grocery stores using surplus or nearing-expiration food products.
This trash usually goes to landfills, where it produces methane, a greenhouse gas. Yet only 15% of people say they're bothered by the impact on the environment, reports USA Today. Then what do people care about? Money, of course. Seventy-nine percent are concerned about wasting that.
"For years we've been told to finish your plate, there are hungry people," Steve Russell, vice president of plastics at ACC told USA Today. "I just don't think we've done a good enough job yet talking about the environmental impacts of food waste."
Just another reason to think twice before tossing your food!