Wasted Food

UT at Austin’s Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy just released a new study about how much of our energy consumption goes towards food that we end up throwing away. You can read the whole thing here, but I just wanted to point out that, um, it’s two percent. TWO PERCENT of the energy we expend yearly is just crap we end up throwing out. That is like, 350 million barrels of oil. This is based on an estimate of 27% of our food getting thrown out. Forget poverty and starvation, forget money cost–just think of Hewitt’s environmental footprint–I’m sure Hewitt throws out more than a quarter of its food on average.


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