Waste Of Food Waste

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The United States creates an immense amount of waste every year. The United States lacks in its ability to teach its population about waste management. Consequently, the average American is remarkably wasteful. Americans are wasteful as they throw away a substantial amount of food every year, they use unnecessary amounts of fresh water, and waste electricity. Americans waste a vast amount of trash annually. The World Wildlife Foundation states, “About 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted each year—four times the amount needed to feed the more than 800+ million people who are malnourished” (World Wildlife). Americans waste over one billion tons of food because they are uneducated on consequences of throwing away food. For example, the harmful gases that are produced when food decomposes or even letting others go hungry. Not only does wasting food affect others, it can affect oneself as well. The NRDC states, “Americans discard 40 percent of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food” (Huffington Post). Many Americans throw away their household foods because they are too busy to cook it. Also, Americans tend to buy their food in bulk, causing a majority of their food to perish. Author Jennifer McClellan states,“Sixty percent of people in the Johns Hopkins study said they threw away food out of a desire to eat the freshest foods” (McClellan). Americans buy fresh ingredients because

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