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 http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-ip.pdf
- 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 http://www.nrdc.org/living/eatingwell/saving-leftovers-saves-money-resources.asp
- 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 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/tristram-stuart/
- 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 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19946359