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Nelson Mandela: A life in pictures
Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie in this undated file picture.
Somewhere, in the back of your mind, you’re a little terrified of the peak-oil apocalypse, where man turns on man and we start waging tribal warfare for what little dribs and drabs of fossil fuels we have left (wait, that hasn’t happened already?). You traded in your car for a bike, you’re praying for the solar power revolution. You know what’s really going to give you a heart attack? A new study in the American Chemical Society’s journal that found that Americans waste — just straight-up throw away — the equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil a year in the form of food. That’s about 70 times the amount of oil in the BP Gulf oil spill.
Basically, we’re tossing more than a quarter of all the food we grow, package, ship, buy, cook, serve and store, including almost a full third of all our dairy, grains and eggs. But I’m not wagging fingers; I’ve forgotten about stuff in my fridge, been too lazy to figure out what to do with stuff that’s past its prime, and tossed my own share of food, much as it breaks my heart. But we can all listen to our better angels and eat the food we’re fortunate to have, and here are a few tips on how to keep or use stuff up.
In this July 4, 1993 photo, President Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela listen during Fourth of July ceremonies in Philadelphia during which Clinton presented the Philadelphia Liberty Medal to the African National Congress president and South African President F.W. de Klerk. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela greeted residents of Mmabatho in March 1994, during a visit after the nominal homeland came under South African control following the ousting of the former President Lucas Mangope. (Reuters/Howard Burditt)
South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar, right, received the Rugby World Cup trophy from President Nelson Mandela also wearing a South African rugby shirt, after South Africa defeated New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup , in 1995. (AP Photo / Ross Setford)
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