Food Waste in America

Globally, we annually waste about 1.4 billion tons of food.

Here is "food" for thought: While the world wastes approximately 1.4 billion tons of food annually,

the USA discards a greater quantity than any other nation: nearly 40 million tons, or 80 billion pounds, annually.

This equates to approximately 30-40 percent of the total US food supply, or 219 pounds of refuse per person.

That is equivalent to each American casting away more than 650 apples of average size, or rather into landfills, as the majority of food waste ends up there.

In fact, food waste occupies the most space in US landfills, accounting for 22 percent of the city's solid waste (MSW).

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