Americans Toss Out 40 Percent of All Food

While more and more of the world’s poor go hungry, and the same can now be said of the poor of America, U.S. residents are wasting food like never before.

A new study finds food waste per person has shot up 50 percent since 1974. The study finds that about 40 percent of all the food produced in the United States is tossed out.

Meanwhile, a recent report by the Department of Agriculture finds the number of U.S. homes lacking "food security," meaning their eating habits were disrupted for lack of money, rose from 4.7 million in 2007 to 6.7 million last year.

Last year, an international group estimated that up to 30 percent of food — worth about $48.3 billion — is wasted each year in the United States. That report concluded that despite food shortages in many countries, plenty of food is available to feed the world, it just doesn't get where it needs to go.

Worldwide, about 1 billion people worldwide don't have enough to eat, according to the World Food Program.

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