March 2010 Issue

Paying the High Price of Food Waste

"We waste enough food to fill the Rose Bowl every day," says Jonathan Bloom, M.A., who spoke at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo in Denver on October 20, 2009. As a result of researching food waste for the past five years, Bloom started the website, www.WastedFood.com, and is currently writing a book on food waste in America. If the size of the Rose Bowl is hard to fathom, hereís another shocking number: more than 40 percent of the food produced for consumption in the U.S. will never be eaten. In fact, food waste in America has increased by about 50 percent since 1974, reaching more than 1,400 calories per person per day. Thatís almost half of the daily calorie requirement for the average person. These were the findings of researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, published in November 2009 in the Public Library of Science (PLOS.)

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