FARMINGTON, Conn., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and, if you're like me and the 88% of Americans celebrating with friends and family this year, you might already be loosening your belt in anticipation of a holiday feast. This remarkable day is famous for celebrating the bounty of our food.
As someone who focuses on food waste – and food waste solutions – every day, these numbers got me thinking. Nationally, we waste up to 40% of our food each year. If we waste 40% of our already large Thanksgiving meals, what are we really throwing away?
Wasted Food = Wasted Water
The amount of water required for a simple meal based on average portion sizes and eight guests – is a whopping 4,500 gallons. If we waste 40% of this food, we're wasting 1,800 gallons of water:
- Raising the turkey alone consumed 2,352 gallons of water before it became the guest of honor at our table.
- It took another 170 gallons of water to grow the sweet potatoes.
Think about it this way: on Thanksgiving Day you wake up and turn on your bathroom faucet...and you leave it on for 15 hours! Would you ever do that? I bet you wouldn't!
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About the Author: John Mandyck serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation. A global leader in the aerospace, food refrigeration and commercial building industries, United Technologies provides high-technology systems and services that move the world forward.
John is also the co-author of the book Food Foolish, which explores the hidden connection between food waste, hunger and climate change.
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SOURCE United Technologies Corp.