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America's Food Waste Is Enough To Feed Most Of The Human Population

By Nicole Caldwell

Our sometimes wasteful culture can feel downright anemic. Almost half of all food in America ends up in the trash before having the chance to reach a single, hungry mouth.

The average American throws away between 1,200 and 1,400 calories daily in discarded food. And a new study, which measured the nutritional value of the stuff we toss, suggests the food we waste would be enough to provide a 2,000-calorie diet to an unbelievable 84 percent of the population.

The study was performed by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and is the first to measure the nutrient level of our food waste. Of the data collected, here’s the most shocking: what we waste amounts to about half of the average adult’s recommended daily iron amount. Other nutrition wasted: 43 percent of recommended vitamin C allotments, and 29 percent of the calcium the average person needs in a day. Included in that food are vital nutrients many Americans aren't getting daily.