We spend more than $6 billion per year on food, yet only $3 billion goes to the environment, according to a new study.
The authors attribute the problem to the growing use of cheap, non-renewable foods, which is leading to a surge in the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere and harming the planet.
But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t seem to care.
“The food we eat today has less than 2 percent of the emissions from fossil fuels and is so much more energy-efficient that we can get away with it,” said USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Director Michael McShane, in a press release.
He also claimed that the amount that goes to “greenhouse gases” from agriculture is “almost zero.”
In fact, the USDA estimates that the average American spends nearly $7 billion per annum on food.
So, where does the rest go?
While the government estimates that 80 percent of U.s food comes from a single crop, the Uphill Food Project found that the majority of that comes from multiple crops.
“There are tons of varieties of wheat, and tons of soybeans,” McShansey told The Washington Times.
“And it’s mostly corn.
So when you eat corn, you’re consuming corn and soybeans.”
The group compared the number of calories and calories per pound of food produced to the energy density of those foods.
And it’s clear that the USDA is targeting the wrong kind of food.
“You can see the difference in the carbon footprint,” Mcshane said.
“We eat the same amount of corn and wheat and soybean, and they’re all the same.”
The USDA doesn’t even consider the health impacts of food waste, which are still not considered when it comes to determining how much money the government should be spending on agriculture.
According to the agency, food waste is only $4 billion in the United States, which has more people than the world’s population.
So it’s unclear how many people waste their food on the grocery store, even though the agency has released data showing that the waste is on the rise.
The agency estimates that more than 70 percent of food is wasted on grocery store shelves each year, and the problem is even worse in the developing world.
According the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, more than 90 percent of calories are consumed on the market.
And the problem goes even deeper than that.
“Most of the waste comes from food, including in the kitchen, in the grocery shop and in the dining room,” said Andrew Leach, a food waste expert at Cornell University.
“It’s in the hands of the hungry and the poor and they have no idea where it’s coming from, because there are no systems in place to track it.”
And that means that more people are putting their food waste to better use, such as composting it, recycling it, and giving it away to charity.
But McShanes report was based on a single survey, which did not take into account the health impact of the food and added no data on waste from other sources.
“This survey just doesn’t reflect the scale of the problem, or the level of awareness,” he said.
And that’s why the USDA’s report is so misleading.
The USDA estimates waste from food comes to about a quarter of the country’s total energy use.
The Uphold Project, which provides information to governments and companies, has estimated that the Ugly Truth Survey is “the most comprehensive survey of the energy footprint of food and beverage consumption.”
The survey uses data from more than 400 surveys to gather information about the food consumption of people across the country.
The survey asked a variety of questions on what they eat, how they use their food, and how much they spend on food each year.
The data also includes a detailed breakdown of the nutrients and health risks of food they eat.
“As consumers, we know that most of our food comes out of our kitchens and we’re contributing to the climate by not making good use of our natural resources,” said Julie Burd, the director of the U-Phile Project, a nonprofit group that collects data on food waste.
“But when it’s in our kitchens, we don’t know what we’re eating.
We don’t have a good idea of what’s in it.”
The data shows that we’re throwing away more food than we are eating.
According a 2016 study from the nonprofit Sustainable Food Research Institute, the average person eats 2.5 pounds of food per day, which accounts for 1.5 calories per gram.
The study found that people throw away about half of the foods they buy.
And while the average U.K. woman spends about $300 a year on groceries, the United Nations has found that about 80 percent is thrown away in the U, a country with a population of about 14.6 million.
So why does the USDA think food waste isn’t a problem?