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Britons Waste Pounds of Good Food

One third of all food bought in Britain ends up in the trash. That's almost $20 million worth of food each year.

According to a recent study that includes 1.3 million unopened yogurts, 5,500 whole chickens and 440,000 ready to eat meals. In addition, $2 billion worth of the discarded food was totally edible.

The news caught the attention of England's Environment Minister Joan Ruddock. She argued that when global food shortages are so dire, the wastefulness is more shocking.

And as for the environmental hook? Ruddock explained that "there are climate change costs to all of us of growing, processing, packaging, transporting, and refrigerating food that only ends up in the bin." In fact some people want to put pollution on shopper's grocery bills!

Should governments start advocating leftovers as a cheaper and greener option? Do you think about the "children starving" around the world when you don't finish a meal? Does the environment cross your mind?


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