Americans waste $165 billion worth of food each year, study says

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  • Millie Bess ,
    Aug. 23, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    I am a mother of nine children and no matter how hard I try to be careful to not waste food, there is always something that spoils before all of it get used. I honestly believe that most people try to be careful about using food before it spoils, but it is inevitable that some of it is going to go bad faster than planned. That being said, it truly is staggering to think that such a huge amount get tossed out when there are so many people starving for anything.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Aug. 23, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    I'm no agricultural economist, but there comes a point where the benefits of preventing spoilage are outweighed by the costs. This should be obvious. At least I hope it is before some well-intended revolutionary tries something crazy, like implementing some kind of state mandated food saving scheme. If I grow sugarbeets in the Jordan Valley, some of them are simply going to spoil or be devoured by pests. If I spent all of my resources trying to save those ones that might spoil, when I could also spend that time just growing more beats, that might be unwise. Likewise, as a consumer, if every time I prepare a meal I worry about about every little scrap that goes down the drain, it might take me twice as long to make lunch in the morning. And that might not be an effective use of my time. I assume the $165B is an estimate of market value at the products' maximum value. Well, if that's the case, then of course some of it will spoil. It's impossible and irrational to capture every morsel of food. Every millisecond after it becomes ripe, food spoils and loses value.

  • ntmrmn SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 23, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    It's a shame that the produce can't be given to the homeless shelters. It may be too far gone to make somebody buy it, but some of it has got to be good to make in a meal for that night.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    It troubles me that we are so wasteful--especially with our economy in such trouble and a global food crisis growing larger each day. It is shameful to realize that so much good food is going to waste when there are millions of people who are starving throughout the world. Surely we can come up with efficient plans to put the food to use in blessing those who could use it. Every effort should be made to insure that no one goes hungry. We definitely have the means to make this goal a reality. Thank you for this inspiring article.