Americans eat only 59 percent of the food they buy, according to a new study, which says they spend more each year on aggravated food than property taxes, gasoline, or new clothes
- A new report shows that Americans spend $ 3.62 each day on foods that they will never eat
- This amounts to $ 1,300 per year, more than gas, heating, or property taxes
- The findings are more than three times greater than previous studies have shown
A new study suggests that American food consumption may be three times more embarrassing than research from past shows.
The study was conducted by Zach Conrad of & # 39; s Department of Health Sciences at & # 39; e University of William & Mary, who found that the average American consumes only 59 percent of the food they pay on any given day, with the rest aggravated.
This waste amounts to about one pound per person each day, with an estimated daily cost of $ 3.62, more than three times the figure of $ 1.07 a 2008 study of American food waste reached.
The average American spends $ 3.62 on food every day, and spends more than a pound a day on food.
Over the course of a year, food waste costs the average American more than $ 1,300, more than they pay for gas, new clothes, heating and electricity, or property taxes.
The study was based on data on nutritional intake for 39,758 American adults over the age of 20, taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2016.
Conrad combined this data with a variety of other publicly available information on food waste and food prices to create his model for average consumption.
Eighty percent of the sample were non-Hispanic white Americans, and 65 percent had an income-to-poverty ratio of at least 2.00, meaning they earned at least twice what their threshold of & # 39; poor & # 39; would be considered.
The study also showed that although the average American paid more for food they did not eat, they also received less nutrition from the food they ate.
Only one in 10 Americans consumed the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables and between 60 and 70 percent of Americans overlooked the daily recommended portions for sugar and saturated fat.
The average American spends more than $ 1,300 on food wasting every year, more than they spend on gas for transportation, heating and electricity, new clothes, or property taxes.
This culture of simultaneous excess and shortage has consequences not only for the average American but for the high economy.
& # 39; Waste eating also represents massive amounts of aggravated agricultural inputs such as pesticides, fertilizers, irrigation water and energy, and contributes to environmental problems such as greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, soil erosion and loss of biodiversity, & # 39; writes Conrad in Nutrition Journal.
Waste eating has become especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many farmers choosing not to release products that they cannot deliver to supermarkets or processing facilities that have not been operating at reduced capacity.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many farmers had to dump their crops, including potatoes, eggs, milk, and more, to slow down the national and global food supply chain
A recent report by the International Dairy Foods Association showed that American dairy farmers dump more than 3.7 million gallons of fresh milk per day for fear of destruction.
Individual chicken farms destroy as many as 750,000 fresh eggs per week that can no longer be shipped to stores.
In Idaho, some potato farmers had to dump as many as 500,000 potatoes that they could not cross into the supply chain.
& # 39; A lot of people who don't come here don't come by themselves, & # 39; Ryan Cranney, a potato farmer in Oakley, Idaho, told the AP. & # 39; She grabs them for people in need. & # 39;
HOW FREE FOOD DOES THE WORLD EVERY YEAR?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about 2.9 trillion pounds (as a third of food in the world) is lost or wasted each year.
Fruits, vegetables, carrots and tubers are the most distorted foods.
In industrialized countries, this alone amounts to $ 680 billion in food. In developing countries, it is $ 310 billion.
The average waste per capita in Europe and North America is 95-115 kg, as 209-254 lb, per year.
The food that is lost or wasted every year in Latin America is enough to feed 300 million people. In Europe it could feed 200 million people, and in Africa it could feed 300 million people.
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