Food Waste

In the US, 30% – 40% of the food supply goes to waste and ends up rotting in a landfill. “In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40% of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on society:” www.usda.gov/foodwaste/faqs


The US spends $1.3 billion annually disposing food waste into landfills. (Schwab, 2013) USDA – ‘The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levelsin the United States’ www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/43833/43680_eib121.pdf?v=41817


Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN – Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction: “Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.” www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/