In the United States, an estimated 27% of food available for consumption is thrown away. In 1997, in one of the few studies of food waste, the Department of Agriculture estimated that two years before, 96.4 billion pounds of the 356 billion pounds of edible food in the United States was never eaten. Granted, these figures are spread out between grocery stores, restaurants, and the average consumer. I have heard stories from people who pick up food that is being thrown away from grocery stores and feed it to animals. One lady claims that she was able to completely fill up a Ford Econline van 3 times a week with this food, taken from just a couple grocery stores.
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