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Report: U.S. wastes one-fourth of its food supply

wasted food graphic July 1, 1997
Web posted at: 1:47 p.m. EDT (1747 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than one-fourth of the food produced in the United States gets wasted by restaurants, grocery stores and consumers, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The study shows that in 1995, stores, restaurants and consumers tossed out 96 billion pounds of food, or 27 percent of the 356 billion pounds of food available in the United States that year.

Two-thirds of the wasted food was fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, grain products and sweeteners, the study showed.

The study is the first of its kind in 20 years to examine and quantify food loss. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is to release the study in San Diego at an annual meeting of Second Harvest, the largest domestic charitable relief group in the country.

 
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