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,"
Just another reason to think twice before tossing your food!
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