Americans waste 305 million pounds of food every Thansgiving

November 29, 2023 5:55am CST
I didnt make this figure out but that is what I saw in the news. According to the Minnesota University research, American families waste roughly 305 million pounds of food especially at Thanksgiving dinner alone. This happens when there are complaints about food inflation in many parts of the world.
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@AmbiePam (86193)
• United States
29 Nov
Don’t believe everything you read. I mean, how exactly did they come up with this stat? Call every home? However, any country is going to have food waste after a big holiday that uses food in the celebration. We eat our leftovers, and my dad brought food to a couple of his neighbors. Food is not wasted normally by normal people. Maybe restaurants who over prepared or rich people do, but in this day and age, it isn’t as it is portrayed.
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29 Nov
Im wondering too
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@MarieCoyle (29811)
30 Nov
Well said, Amber. I know I strive to waste nothing. I freeze dibs and dabs for soups, I dehydrate and can food, I make jams and jellies out of fruit people give to me because they don’t want to mess with it. I am sure people and businesses in other places besides America waste food.
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30 Nov
@MarieCoyle Wow , you are really good at storing and preservating foods.
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@FourWalls (62887)
• United States
29 Nov
The last thing I threw out was done so because it tasted funny. I wasn’t going to risk food poisoning. For Thanksgiving I got four ounces of turkey from a local BBQ place and had peaches, apple pie filling, and stuffing with it. Plenty for me!
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29 Nov
wow, thats lots of food.
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@FourWalls (62887)
• United States
30 Nov
@ogbenishyna — it really isn’t, especially spread over two meals.
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@wiLLmaH (8801)
• Singapore, Singapore
30 Nov
It's disheartening to hear about such food waste, especially during Thanksgiving. Food wastages is also a problem here in Singapore. Are there initiatives or practices you've come across that address this issue effectively?
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@wiLLmaH (8801)
• Singapore, Singapore
2 Dec
@ogbenishyna It seems it is not the case, if this site published the correct information.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/933083/food-waste-of-selected-countries/#:~:text=China%20and%20India%20produce%20more,far%20the%20largest%20populations%20globally.
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30 Nov
Oh ! It looks like an issue with developed countries only.
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2 Dec
@wiLLmaH Thanks for sharing
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@LadyDuck (461254)
• Switzerland
29 Nov
Honestly, I wonder how they can come out with those numbers. How can they know?
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@LadyDuck (461254)
• Switzerland
30 Nov
@ogbenishyna They weighted the turkey bones thrown in the garbage.
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29 Nov
They made an estimate of it.
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30 Nov
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@dya80dya (34444)
29 Nov
I think this happens almost everywhere. Too much food is wasted.
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29 Nov
Not every country celebrate Thanksgiving though.
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@AmbiePam (86193)
• United States
29 Nov
@ogbenishyna No, other countries have holidays other than Thanksgiving we do not have where food is wasted. Thanksgiving happens to be an American and Canadian thing. Other countries have exclusive holidays to them that leave food uneaten.
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29 Nov
@AmbiePam You are right, I just wonder how many people that wasted food can feed.
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@arunima25 (86077)
• Bangalore, India
29 Nov
It's not only America, food wastage during any such celebration happens across the Globe. It's unfortunate but true. People have to put conscious effort to reduce that.
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29 Nov
Thats true.
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@allknowing (130332)
• India
30 Nov
Not just during Thanksgiving but even otherwise they waste food My visit to the US proved that We were taken to a restaurant for breakfast and I saw guys ordering huge portions but not finishing eating or drinking all of it
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30 Nov
wow, thats interesting.
@RebeccasFarm (87013)
• United States
29 Nov
And they also donate it to family in need I see them doing this on sites..asking if anyone wants or needs food. Even everywhere people are wasting food the world over.
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29 Nov
Oh that's a great thing to do. Many countries are ravaged by hunger.
@db20747 (43441)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
29 Nov
Yes, arrunimah is right, we need to be conscientious ofv preventing food waste
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29 Nov
I agree 100%. That amount of wasted food can feed millions in Africa.
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@porwest (78756)
• United States
29 Nov
It is an astounding figure and completely irks me to no end. There's one thing I absolutely do not waste, and that's food.
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@porwest (78756)
• United States
30 Nov
@ogbenishyna I literally make it a point not to do it.
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29 Nov
Not wasting food is a good thing to do.
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@MarieCoyle (29811)
30 Nov
My family has not ever wasted food intentionally. If we fix too much, ,we freeze it for another time, or we share it. I think food waste is all over the world. It's not only just Americans.
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30 Nov
Thats a great thing to do.
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29 Nov
Well that is just depressing yet not surprising at all.
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29 Nov
I agree with you 100%