Study finds a surprising link between food waste and diet quality

U.S. consumers waste nearly a pound of food per person every day, but the exact amount of food we trash differs by how healthy your diet is, says new UVM-USDA research covered by USA Today, CBS News and Washington Post

The study, published in PLOS ONE, estimates that food waste corresponded with the use of 30 million acres of land annually (7 percent of total US cropland) and 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water each year. 

“Eating healthy is important, but as we pursue these diets, we must think much more consciously about food waste,” said Meredith Niles, a Gund Institute for Environment Fellow from UVM's Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science.

Other media mentions included NewsweekFox News, Japan TimesFood and Wine, Mother Jones and scores of others. 


Basil D.N. Waugh