Food Waste Must Be Addressed Before We Can Feed The Growing Population

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On average, Americans throw away about 1,400 calories/day of food. When you consider that the standard diet consists of 2,000 calories daily, that's a lot of food hitting the trash can. Brad Morgan, meats scientists with Pfizer Animal Health, says agriculture is challenged with producing 100% more food by the year 2050 to feed an expected worldwide population of 9 billion people. Right now, the world produces enough food to feed that many people, he maintains. The challenge is not can we produce food; the challenge is can we distribute it efficiently.

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

I pick up food donations from from our local supermarket. I am restricted to pick up bakery products only. I see produce coming off the shelf that is in perfect condition except that the sell date has come up and they cannot donate these products, the same is also true for deli products. One rotten orange and the bag is dumped. Dairy products suffer the same fate. It is very dishearten to see all this food wasted. I was told this is from law suits from people supposely getting sick from eating these foods. Common sense tells you weather the food is good or bad. What a big waste.

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