Hunger and Food Wasting in America

Two Sides of the Same Coin

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A Problem Ignored by the Average American

There are a lot of people who go to bed at night hungry in America. There are a lot more people who throw out leftovers they are to full to eat. NRDC, Natural Resource Defense Council, believes if these situations could become more "balanced", then the number of people starving would go down. No one should have to worry about getting a meal for themselves; and trash cans shouldn't be used as a food source. Everyone who has a guaranteed "food source" should help those who don't.

Every 3.6 seconds, a person dies of hunger. Some of these deaths can be prevented if people donate food to food drives, or community events involving food for the hungry. The average American throws away about 40% of his or her food. Leftover food should hit the donation boxes, not the trash cans. Although America does not have the highest starving rate in the world, it does have the highest obesity rate. Even though the obese are not going hungry, most of them are the ones throwing away the food. Also only 10% of the starving people in America are homeless, which is a very little amount compared to other countries such as Africa. With this slim percent of homeless people in the U.S.A. , many people focus on helping Africa more than they do America.

Too Much Hungry People

Hunger is a problem in America. There are 317,624,058 people in America. For one sixth of this population, hunger is a reality. That is about 50 million Americans. Although America's starving peoples rate isn't the highest in the world, it still is a large number. This number could be easily decreased if extra food went into donation boxes.

A lot of Trash in the Trash Can

Studies show that Americans, who get food regularly, throw away nearly half their food. That is a little over 40% of it each year.This sends precisely 165 billion dollars down the drain. However, the consumers are not the only ones to blame. Restaurants often prepare large portions of food which go uneaten. Some people probably think that the extra trash in the trash cans give the homeless and hungry more of a variety of food to choose from. Not only is it unhealthy, unsanitary, and unfair to eat out of the trash can, but most people caught digging threw the trash are fined or ticketed.

Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach?

The saying "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach" applies to the people who pile up too much food on their plates, and end up throwing half of it out. NRDC says just a 15% reduction in losses in the U.S.A. food supply would save enough to feed 25 million Americans annually. It would also lighten the load on landfills. If we were to do this, then many lives would be saved each year and, not as much food would end up in the trash.

Pros and Cons

Pros About Hunger in America

  • Those who are exposed to hunger become resourceful.
  • America does not have the highest starving rate in the world.
  • Only 10% of the hungry people are homeless.

Pros About Full Trash Cans

  • The people who throw out food aren't starving.
  • Starving people can secretly utelize it.

Cons About Hunger in America

  • 17 million children are exposed to hunger.
  • Every 3.6 seconds a person dies from hunger.
  • A little over 50 million Americans suffer from hunger.

Cons About Full Trash Cans

  • The food in the trash cans could have gone to food drives or other charities.
  • Trash is a heavy load on landfills.
  • People who are to full to finish the food on their plates and chuck half of it out have more than enough food.


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