CHARTS: Everyone Is Throwing Away Too Much Food

It's no secret that Americans throw away an enormous amount of food, sending day-old leftovers and slightly wilted spinach straight to the garbage. But what about the food that never even makes it to the kitchen table? A new report released by a British engineering society reveals that worldwide, billions of tons of food are squandered each year because of poor agriculture practices, which include inefficient harvesting and inadequate infrastructure and ... Full Story »

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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - Jan. 16, 2013

A plain and simple short report by Mother Jones' Washington bureau writing fellow Dana Liebelson based on a serious study done by the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

A similar report based on the same study appeared on the CNN on 3rd January 2013, which covers the study better than Dana. However, as a fellow, her initiative is praiseworthy.

“This level of wastage is a tragedy that cannot continue if we are to succeed in the challenge of sustainably meeting our future food demands, The potential to provide 60-100% more food by simply eliminating losses, while simultaneously freeing up land, energy and water resources for other uses, is an opportunity that should not be ignored.” – Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Farming consumes at least 660 trillion gallons of water per year. That’s enough to fill about 1 billion Olympic-size swimming pools. – Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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