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We Earthlings: 400 Pounds of Wasted Food per Person

We Earthlings: 400 Pounds of Wasted Food per Person

Between 30% to 40% of all food in the United States goes to waste every year. Much of this is food that could help feed the hungry and reduce food insecurity. Forty percent of all available food translates to about 400 pounds of food per person at a cost of approximately $660 each.

Some of this is food that rots in the field unharvested or goes bad before it makes it to our homes. But much of the waste occurs at the retail or consumer level and that’s where we come in. We can plan our purchases, learn creative ways to store fresh produce, carry a container when we dine out to bring home leftovers, and adopt a variety of other simple habits to prevent food waste.

Preventing food waste does more than save you money, it’s another important step in fighting climate change.

Source: Food Waste in the US

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Americans waste approximately 40% of food produced annually

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