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Americans are beginning to wake up to the idea that food waste is a serious problem. According to the USDA, 30 to 40% of the food produced in the U.S. is thrown away.

Food waste is a terrible drain on the average household bank account and is morally questionable at a time when one in eight Americans are food insecure.

Add to that, the environmental impact is staggering. Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of America's freshwater consumption and approximately 300 million barrels of oil per year.

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Warning: Seventy-Two Percent of Grocery Carts Have Fecal Matter on Them

The vast majority of shopping carts have dangerous bacteria on them.


A new study from University of Arizona professor Charles Gerba shows that nearly three quarters of American shopping carts, where people buying groceries put their food and babies, have fecal matter on them. According to Gerbar, that's more fecal matter than found in a typical public bathroom.

Gerbar and his team swabbed 85 carts in four different states to yield their results: 72 percent of carts tested positive for fecal matter and half were laced with E.coli. As you might imagine, much of the bacteria was found on the carts' handles.

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Actually, Whole Foods Isn't That Expensive

A new report from the Boston Globe argues that all that stuff about Whole Foods being too expensive is hooey.

The longstanding joke amongst many Americans is that Whole Foods should instead be called "Whole Paycheck," as that's what you will be forking out if you shop there. But, according to a new report from Rob Anderson at the Boston Globe, it turns out that that's not the case.

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