Americans waste a ridiculous amount of food
The figures are more than troubling. With thousands of Mainers at risk of hunger every day and with so many resources used in the production of food, the amount that we waste is staggering.
By conservative estimates, 20 percent of all food we grow or buy is wasted. More pessimistic estimates put the figure at closer to 40 percent.
People who have looked into the issue say the figures don’t have to be even close to what they are.
In a white paper four years ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council said getting food from the farm to our tables:
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