How That Food You Throw Out Is Linked To Global Warming : The Salt : NPR
It’s funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator – perhaps because it’s full of beer and condiments and nothing else.
For me, it’s the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.
For the guilt-ridden food wasters among us, a little company out of Oregon recently found a way to poke us to shop more prudently. They’ve crunched the numbers to show how the greenhouse gas emissions from the production, transport and disposal of all the food we could eat — but don’t — adds up.