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    In the US over 40% of food grown

    In the US over 40% of food grown is never eaten. In order to get food from farms to consumers' mouths is a long process. The food must be grown, harvested, packed, transported to stores, sold, and finally stored in people's kitchens.


    Is the above text natural? is any amendment required?

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    Last edited by Freeguy; 21-Dec-2013 at 07:01.

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    In the US over 40% of food grown is never eaten. In order to get food from farms to consumers' mouths is a long process. The food must be grown, harvested, packed, transported to stores, sold, and finally stored in people's kitchens.


    Is the above text natural? is any amendment required?

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    I would change "In order to get food from farms" to "Getting food from farms".

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Getting it stored in kitchens doesn't mean it gets eaten, or even to consumers' mouths. So I wouldn't use "finally" for the 'stored' phrase - especially if a significant proportion of the 40% not eaten has been bought and stored before being thrown out.
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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Consumers' mouths OR consumer's mouth, Raymott?

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Consumers' mouths OR consumer's mouth, Raymott?
    consumers' mouths. (I've fixed it)

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    We usually talk of people storing food in a pantry. That said, a whole lot of the food in the US is stored in restaurants and stores as well.

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    We usually talk of people storing food in a pantry. That said, a whole lot of the food in the US is stored in restaurants and stores as well.
    I don't know anyone these days who has a pantry. Most food is stored in the fridge, the freezer or in the kitchen cupboards.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    A lot of American homes have a pantry (as well as cupboards). I don't in my current house, but did in prior homes, including the one I grew up on. We may be talking about different things though. A small closet with shelves and a door in the kitchen.

    But Ray has a great point - I"m sorry to say I end up throwing out a lot of veggies that go bad in the fridge because we don't eat them in time. (Oddly, the ice cream never seems to go to waste!)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't know anyone these days who has a pantry. Most food is stored in the fridge, the freezer or in the kitchen cupboards.
    Probably true but it doesn't change the use of "pantry" when speaking of people storing food.

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    Re: In the US over 40% of food grown

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Probably true but it doesn't change the use of "pantry" when speaking of people storing food.
    Surely it does. Nobody I know speaks of storing food in a pantry, because none of them has a pantry.
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