Join the Clean Plate Club: Wasting Food Wastes Water (NPR)

With earth’s growing population putting an increasing strain on food supply, water is a precious and diminishing resource. Seventy percent of the freshwater we use is dedicated to agriculture, whether for growing feed for animals producing meat, egg and dairy products or for directly watering crops. More shockingly, 24 percent of this water is wasted every year — the product of more than one billion tons of wasted food. Even if some of this water evaporates back into the environment, the worldwide distribution of food erases any guarantee that it will end up in the same agricultural regions. NPR describes which food processes waste the most water, as well as how we might lessen this concerning consequence of wasting food.

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