A 2009 study recently caused an explosion of media attention on how much food Americans waste. If you haven't heard, up to 40%. Counter-intuitively, as soon as I heard this I raced out to Super King and stocked up on those most perishable of items, fruits and vegetables.
I had just used the last of the fading string beans in a cold summer salad. I had fed the cucumber and zucchini skins to the bunnies. So, I like to think there's not a lot of waste in this household.
But forty per cent is a mind-boggling number! It makes me think of the time a couple invited us for dinner. They had ordered in boxes and boxes of Chinese food. When we were done I thought appreciatively of the meals ahead they faced, of delectable leftovers. I then watched the hostess rinse all the food down the sink. Speechless, I couldn't muster up a plea for a doggie bag.
How about you? Do you have tales of the 40 percenters? Pardon me while I throw out the avocado the ants tackled last night, and toss the brown Mexican rice from a previous meal. Are those blackberries sprouting fur?
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