Business & Finance: Waste

At various times various people have estimated that the U. S. loses annually these sums from these causes:

Crime: $12,000,000,000.

The Common Cold: $2,000,000,000.

Automobile accidents: $1,600,000,000.

Occupational accidents: $610,000,000.

Accidents in the Home: $590,000,000.

Public accidents: $450,000,000.

Fire: $248,763,856.

Hessian fly: $150,000,000.

Cattle ticks: $100,000,000.

Coddling moth: $20,000,000.

Ox warble (a pest): $10,000,000.

Prairie dogs in Nebraska: $80,000.

Last week Professor Wilfred William Robbins of University of California's College of Agriculture announced that weeds cost the U. S. $3,000,000,000 a year. With weed waste included, the annual U. S. wastage appears to be equal to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!