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Food waste and hunger go hand in hand

A man carries a sack with food in front of a painting of a soup dish at 'El Oriental' market in Managua, Saturday, April 26, 2008. The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) informed that due to the rising prices of petroleum, Nicaragua and El Salvador underwent t
A man carries a sack with food in front of a painting of a soup dish at 'El Oriental' market in Managua, Saturday, April 26, 2008. The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) informed that due to the rising prices of petroleum, Nicaragua and El Salvador underwent the greater impact of a global scarcity of foods, with food prices shooting up to 48 percent in 2007. According to the WFP, 28% of the population of Nicaragua suffers from undernourishment.(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Esteban Felix, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The United States wasted almost 34 millions pounds of food in 2010 alone, at the same time as 17 million American households are at serious risk of food insecurity. And worldwide nearly 1/3 of all food grown is wasted.

All of this is according to an infographic from FaceTheFactsUSA.org that highlights what appears to be a tragic hypocrisy between throwing away food, and chronic hunger.

One startling fact; the amount of food wasted in industrialized countries is almost equal to the amount of food grown in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and a writer for the Deseretnews.com Opinion section and Brandview. Email Freeman at fstevenson@deseretdigital.com