A new study reveals that Americans waste some 150,000 tons of food per day -- amounting to about one pound per person -- and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.
The amount of land used annually to grow food that ends up in the garbage in the U.S. is 30 million acres, or seven percent of total U.S. cropland.
Some 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water gets wasted , too, said the report in the journal PLOS ONE.
Fruits and vegetables made up 39 percent of total food waste, followed by dairy (17 percent), meat (14 percent), and grains (12 percent). This exorbitant food waste is an unnecessary and sacrilegious occurrence that our society needs to address and resolve promptly -- especially since many thousands of people die globally every day from hunger.