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:
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