Food Waste in the USA

At one time or another we have all done it. We have all thrown away food. Maybe you purchased too many eggs from the grocery store and were unable to eat them fast enough. Maybe you forgot about that half-eaten loaf of bread hidden in the back of the fridge and it went well past its expiration date. Did you know that nearly 40% of food in the United States is never eaten? That is a staggering fact and made more so by the fact that Americans wasted 33.79 million tons of food in 2010 alone, enough to fill the Empire State Building 91 times!

If as a country we could waste just 5% less food than we do, that amount could feed 4 million people. If Americans wasted 15% less, it would be enough to feed 25 million people on an annual basis. I think it’s time to reconsider our food consumption habits and then do something about it.

21 Shocking U.S. Food Waste Facts & Statistics - Infographic

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