Americans are wasting money and resources through the food we do not eat

The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act attempts to encourage more donations by increasing the value of deductions concerning food-related “charitable contributions.” Thus, if taxpayers provide more food donations, they will be able to deduct more from their taxes. However, those who oppose the Act, fear it may simply be exploiting hunger, both at home and abroad, to give a tax cut to larger corporations.

Food sitting in a dumpster
Food sitting in a dumpster

Food waste in America is becoming a major issue that will only get worse before people start to realize it and try to solve the issue. According to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), 40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten. That is equivalent to 20 pounds of food per person every month.

This massive amount of food we throw in the trash also has an environmental and economic impact. Wasted food contributes 33 million tons of trash to landfills, where the wasted food decomposes and produces 25 percent of U.S. methane emissions. There is also a huge amount of water wasted each year used to irrigate uneaten crops.

The monetary cost of food waste in the U.S. equals about $165 billion each year. $40 billion comes from household waste, and $750 million is spent on food just carelessly tossed in the trash, as opposed to industries tossing food that does not look visually appealing.

How many of us have done this?
How many of us have done this?

There are a number of ways to prevent food waste. Some ways include, shopping smarter – buying only the things you need, dishing out smaller serving sizes, eating leftovers, having a good freezer and ignoring expiration dates. The latter could be the most difficult. However, expiration dates signal a food’s peak quality, not that it will spoil that day.

To prevent food waste takes some attentiveness and desire to keep earth cleaner… and it takes a collective effort.

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Americans are wasting money and resources through the food we do not eat

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