EPA warns Thanksgiving leftovers are killing the planet

EPA warns Thanksgiving leftovers are killing the planet
(Image: Lon Horwedel via Ann Arbor News)

[Ed. – This is absurd.  For one thing, the claim about American households throwing out $1,600 worth of food every year is not credible to me.  Who are these people?  That’s over $100 of food every month.  But for another thing, in my home and every household whose routines I know personally, the leftovers from Thanksgiving make meals for weeks afterward.]

“Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce,” the EPA website states. “More than 96% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills.

“Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change,” the text states. “So, this holiday season, take steps to cut down your food waste.”

The video on the EPA website shows a family sitting down for a holiday meal.

“Before sitting down with friends and family this holiday season, consider the impact your meal can have on our planet,” the video, posted on Dec. 16, states.

“A typical American family of four throws out $1,600 of wasted food each year,” it continues.

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