Study Reveals Americans Waste 160 million Pounds of Food A Year

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- A study reveals Americans waste 160 million pounds of food each year, and some of it may be related to food labeling.

The study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic points out many customers do not understand food labels.

Some of them may be confused by the meaning of the labels and think that eating food past its sell by or use by date can get them sick. However, the report claims the labeling has nothing to do with safety.

Gloria Lam is a customer who pays close attention to the labels.

"Unless it has been frozen, I get rid of it. I don't want to use anything that the date and stuff has already run out on," said Lam.

Bobbi Jo Robinson said she tries not to waste food.

"Some food is not bad because the expiration date is bad. Some food still can be good. It's just a date they think the food may go bad by," said Robinson.

According to the report, food waste costs the average American family of four from $1,300 to $2,300.


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