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! To read the entire blog post and find out how you can cut your food waste this ThanksgivingCLICK HEREAbout 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.