Food Waste In The U.S. Is Real
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FOOD WASTE IN THE UNITED STATES
Up to 40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted
The EPA estimated food waste at
of food waste per person sent for disposal.
And that estimate was made 10 years ago.
Here are some things to know about food waste in the U.S.
Millions of pounds of excess food ends up in landfills
- In 2019, in the U.S. 229 million tons of food went unsold or were uneaten.
- Instead of feeding people, the disposal of wasted food leads to more waste such as the unnecessary use of water, labor and energy to produce, process, transport, prepare, store, and dispose of discarded food.
- In 2010, the EPA estimated food waste at 218.9 pounds of food waste per person sent for disposal. The EPA has a goal to reduce this food waste to 164 pounds per person by 2030.