The land of the leftovers: Americans throw away 40% of their food


If you're feeling guilty for being a glutton over Thanksgiving, here's something else to chew on: We waste a lot of food.

A new study published in the journal PLoS One has found that we Americans are wasting fifty percent more food than we did in 1974. Approximately 1,400 calories worth of food per person, in fact, is thrown into the trash every day. That translates into 150 trillion calories a year. Put another way, the study concludes that the United States throws out about 40 percent of all of its food.