According to The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
40% of the food grown or produced in the United States is WASTED!
Globally we waste 4 billion tons!
And that’s not all:
(*Statistics from The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2012 Report, available here, EPA Food Waste Resources)
One in six Americans are food insecure (unsure as to where their next meal will come from).
- If we wasted 5% less, that would help feed 4,000,000.
- If we wasted 15% less, we would be able to feed 25,000,000 people annually.
Food waste costs us a lot of resources.
- 25% of the freshwater in the U.S.
- 300 million barrels of oil
- $165 billion, $750 million of which is used to dispose of the waste
- 2.5% of the U.S. energy budget
- 33 million tons of landfill waste
Americans throw out about 250 pounds of edible food every year.
- 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted through the production process
- 30% of harvested food will never reach the supermarkets
- Almost 50% of the food made to households from the stores will be thrown out
- Households waste because of spoiling, overcooking, plate waste, and over purchasing