U.S. households waste nearly one-third of their food, according to a new Penn State University study, as published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and reported by — Forbes.
The study shows that the average American household wastes 31.9 percent of its food. The annual cost of this waste is about $240 billion, or $1,866 per household. The study included approximately 4,000 households.
Higher income households with healthier diets wasted more food than lower income families did, according to the study. Larger families and those receiving federal food assistance benefits wasted less.
“With so many people going hungry in this country, limiting waste should be a priority for all of us,” said Allen Baler, Partner at 4Patriots LLC, a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that provides a variety of products that help people become more self-reliant and independent.
“Ways we can reduce waste include buying less food at the store, freezing leftovers for later use and using other food preservation methods. Purchasing food with a long shelf life makes sense. Especially because the next emergency could be right around the corner. We suggest stockpiling long-lasting survival food.”
4Patriots Survival Food is designed to last 25 years for most items. 4Patriots Survival Food meals are offered in five different kits – 72-hour, one-week, one-month, three-month and one-year. The meals can be prepared in about 15 minutes, and they require only boiling water.
The food is contained in easy-to-store Mylar pouches, which help keep out air, moisture and light. They are tucked inside tough, stackable totes that are discreet and store anywhere, including the basement, pantry, cabinet or even under a bed – or can be taken on the road.
“We take great pride in making sure our food not only tastes great, but is nutritious,” Baler said. “Eating good foods now is important, of course, but it will be even more essential for people dealing with a crisis.
“Survival food is just one of the products we offer to help people prepare for an uncertain future,” he added. “In addition to a wide variety of survival food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, we offer a solar-powered generator, a water purifying pitcher, a power hub for your car battery, a power cell for electronic devices, health-related products, and much more.
“Our customers tell us that the single best thing about preparing for a disaster is that they now have peace of mind. No matter what happens, they’ll be ready.”
4Patriots provides emergency food products that are designed to last for 25 years. 4Patriots Survival Food kits are available in 72-hour, one-week, four-week, three-month and one-year supplies.
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