Food Waste Facts

There is a growing awareness of America’s food waste and its impact on our environment. The following information may encourage you to change some of your buying and eating habits.

Did You Know…

  • In the US, an average family of four wastes 1,160 pounds of food annually (about 25 percent of the food they buy), costing them $1,365 to $2,275 per year.

Gunders, D. (2012). Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 of Its Food From Farm to Fork to Landfill. National Resources Defense Council. Retrieved April 29, 2015 from

  • The average American throws away between $28 and $43 in the form of about 20 pounds of wasted food each month.

Natural Resources Defense Council (2014, November). Saving Leftovers Saves Money and Resources. Retrieved on April 2015 from

  • Irrigation used to grow food that is thrown away could meet the domestic water needs of nine billion people.

National Geographic (2014) Explorer Bio, Tristam Stuart, Author & Campaigner; 2014 Emerging Explorer. Retrieved April 2015 from

  • US per capita food waste has progressively increased by approximately 50% since 1974.

Hall, K.D, Guo, J., Dore, M., & Chow, C.C. (2009). The progressive increase of food waste in America and its environmental impact. PloS One, 2009, Nov 25 ; 4 (11): e7940. Doi: 10.1371. Retrieved April 2015 from