Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The landfill can't digest all these nutrients

In a world where people scrounge for grains of rice on the ground, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future just calculated all the protein, fiber, and other nutrients than end up thrown out in the US in a single year.

Nutrient-dense foods like fruits, veggies, seafood, and dairy are discarded a disproportionately high rates.

Previous research indicated that 40% f food is wasted nationally.  But this study shows how nutritional much of that is (J of Academy of Nutrition).

They looked at the nutritional value of the retail and consumer-level food waste in 213 categories, using US Dept of Ag data.

In all, they looked at 27 nutrients:

--1217 Calories per person PER DAY
--33 grams of protein
--5.9 grams of dietary fiber
--1.7 mcgs of Vitamin D
--286 milligrams of calcium
--880 milligrams potatssium

Why so much food waste?

--Food looks "bad"
--Large portion sizes
--Bad management of perishables

We are dumping a lot of high quality, nutritious food people could be enjoying, one researcher said.

Enjoying and benefiting from.

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