Food Waste Facts
Food is wasted when we buy more than we need, store it incorrectly, throw away leftovers and cook too much. When we throw away food, we also waste all the water and energy used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates. This waste creates significant environmental impacts and is costly to family budgets.
U.S. Food Waste Facts:
- 40% of all food in the United States is wasted
- 25% of all freshwater we consume goes to produce food we never eat
- 4% of the oil we consume goes to produce food we never eat
- $166 billion (retail value of preventable waste) is spent on the food we never eat
- 135 million tons of GHG emissions are created by the food we never eat
These numbers are for our whole food system—farms, processors, retailers and households.
Did you know that the average American...
...household throws out 25% of the food they purchase?
...family of four tosses out more than $1,600 a year in wasted food?
Reducing food waste is an easy way to trim your grocery bills and reduce your environmental footprint. It only requires small shifts in how you shop, prepare, store and serve food.
Check out this video with more facts about food waste and quick tips on how to avoid it.