The Startling State of Food Waste

Meghan French Dunbar October 4, 2015

40%: The estimated amount of food in the US today that is wasted and goes uneaten. $165 BILLION: The estimated value of the food thrown away by Americans every year. 35 MILLION TONS: The amount of food that was disposed of in the US in 2013. 20%: The approximate percentage of US methane emissions that come from uneaten food rotting in landfills. 1/3: The amount of all food produced worldwide that was wasted in 2013, worth around US$1 trillion. 25 MILLION: The estimated number of Americans who could be fed by reducing food waste in the US by 15%. 20 POUNDS The average amount of food wasted per person every month in the US. IN ORDER TO GET FOOD TO AMERICANS’ TABLES, WE USE: 10% OF THE TOTAL U.S. ENERGY BUDGET, 45% OF U.S. LAND, 80% OF THE FRESHWATER CONSUMED IN THE U.S..

40%

The estimated amount of food in the US today that is wasted and goes uneaten.

$165 BILLION

The estimated value of the food thrown away by Americans every year.

35 MILLION TONS

The amount of food that was disposed of in the US in 2013.

20%

The approximate percentage of US methane emissions that come from uneaten food rotting in landfills.

1/3

The amount of all food produced worldwide that was wasted in 2013, worth around US$1 trillion.

25 MILLION

The estimated number of Americans who could be fed by reducing food waste in the US by 15%.

20 POUNDS

The average amount of food wasted per person every month in the US.

IN ORDER TO GET FOOD TO AMERICANS’ TABLES, WE USE:

10% OF THE TOTAL U.S. ENERGY BUDGET

45% OF U.S. LAND

80% OF THE FRESHWATER CONSUMED IN THE U.S.

Climate Action / Stakeholder Capitalism
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