Wasted Food In U.S. Comes With High Price Tag

Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports Americans have wasted about $160 billion worth of food; a problem local community advocates would like to get a handle on.

"It's a big problem," said Kurt Goetzinger, a community garden founder in Benson.

Goetzinger says one of the big issues is that people will often stock up on items then forget they even bought them until it's too late.

"That's something that comes at a high price. Not only do you have the fuel, which is getting fruits and vegetables to us, but if you have waste on top of that, then you have more fuel being used taking it to the landfill."

USDA also estimates about 430 billion pounds of food gets wasted right here in the U.S., but for Goetzinger there is a solution.

"The nice thing about growing your own food is you usually pick it and eat it the same day. Not only are they higher in nutrients, but also they stay on the vine and they last longer."

In addition to Goetzinger's community garden, there are also several others throughout the Omaha area. If growing your own food is something you'd want to do, you're urged to check out the following website to get more information and sign up: