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Wasted Food: US Dumps 2 Billion Tons Each Year

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Consumers are on the watch after claims of wasting food are rising. It is information from a new study that is leaving some shoppers rethinking their shopping lists.

According to a recent study by the British Retail Association, two tons of food each year is wasted by the U.S. Officials say having too much food is where the problem begins. Most of that food is from consumers and businesses just throwing it out no matter if it is bruised, damaged, barely expired, or never sold.

One shopper of Holdrege Market Place, Danielle Lind, says she is guilty of tossing food that she cannot use, but unfortunately there is no way around it.

"I wish there was a way around it, but I don't know how there would be," said Lind.

The responsibility is not just on the shoulders of consumers. Businesses are also taking the heat.

"If it is a bruised apple, there's not a lot we can do. It's nature of the business. People like to buy things that look good," said Jonathan Schilling, produce manager at Holdrege Market Place.

Unlike some consumers, officials say they have found a way around it.

"We save what we can. If it's not a bad item, or just a bruise, we do what we can to save it," said Schilling.

Some of the items you buy at your local supermarket are items that are most wasted including a loaf of bread, produce, herbs, sour cream, and citrus fruits. Officials say overbuying is problem number one.

"I know it happens. We see it from customers, and we do it ourselves. It's definitely a thing a lot of people tend to do," said Schilling.

As far as Danielle's next trip, she is already rethinking her shopping list.

"If I'm not going to be cooking that much, I'll probably be buying half a liter of something, instead of the full liter; or I'll buy one bag instead of two," said Lind.

REPORTER'S NOTE: Part of the study can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20968076.



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