$165 Billion: Food Thrown Away By Americans Every Year

September 4, 2012 5:55 pm

We had seen some controversy around food corruption in India recently – Bloomberg reported this: “Poor In India Starve As Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion Of Food”

“Instead, as much as $14.5 billion in food was looted by corrupt politicians and their criminal syndicates over the past decade in Kishen’s home state of Uttar Pradesh alone, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The theft blunted the country’s only weapon against widespread starvation — a five-decade-old public distribution system that has failed to deliver record harvests to the plates of India’s hungriest.”

We spotted this today:

“Americans throw away nearly half their food every year, waste worth roughly $165 billion annually, according to a study released on Tuesday.

“As a country, we’re essentially tossing every other piece of food that crosses our path. That’s money and precious resources down the drain,” said Dana Gunders, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s food and agriculture program.

The NRDC report said Americans discard 40 per cent of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food.
Just a 15 percent reduction in losses in the US food supply would save enough to feed 25 million Americans annually. It also would lighten the burden on landfills, where food waste makes up the largest component of solid waste, according to the NRDC, a nonprofit environmental organization”

Statistics Source: CNN-IBN

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1 Comment for “$165 Billion: Food Thrown Away By Americans Every Year”

  1. obi

    nice post. So much waste

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