Americans waste nearly half their food. How can we reduce food waste in New Jersey?

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JAMES M. O’NEILL / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Each year, the average family of four in America throws $1,800 in the garbage.

Not in cash. In moldy vegetables. In uneaten hamburgers. In leftovers from the local pub.

A scourge besets the United States: the rampant waste of food.

In this country, we throw out more than 1,250 calories a day per person — or more than 400 pounds of food for each person every year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Food waste is a global problem, but it’s far worse in America. While 32 percent of all food in the world gets wasted, about 40 percent of food grown in the United States goes unused, according to several studies …


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