Something very twisted is happening - it's been happening for a long time. But we're reaching the point where we can't allow it to continue because it's putting us all at risk.
A study out today shows that Americans waste about 40 percent of our food. Try to picture all the food that we grow and import to feed a population over 300 million. Then take 40 percent of it and put it in a big, rotting pile. That pile represents a massive waste of energy, water and time. It also gives off a massive amount of methane, a greenhouse gas more powerful than carbon dioxide.
How are we able to throw away $165 billion worth of food every year, while, in 2008, 1.29 billion people survived on less than $1.25 per day? Where's that "efficiency" those who worship at the altar of "free markets" always preach about?
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